Each year, falls contribute to the morbidity and mortality of older adults. The factors that contribute to a fall are multi-disciplinary, and, as such, are a notable public health concern. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a project of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a system of health-related telephone surveys that collect data on the incidence of falls and many of the risk factors that have been found to contribute to one’s likelihood of incurring a fall. Given the large scale and high regard within the research community of the BRFSS survey system, this database lent for optimal investigation of a possible association between the reporting of having an accidental fall and marital status. The results have offered a quantifiable contribution to the literature, stating that the likelihood of incurring a fall is associated with marital status, income, age, and sex. Future discussions about fall prevention can now demonstrate a quantifiable association that marriage offers a protective means of fall prevention – highlighting the value of companionship in public health.
Recommended CitationHeinle, James, "A Secondary Data Analysis of 2014 BRFSS Survey: Accidental Falls, Marital Status and Demographics" (2017). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 232.