Falls efficacy among older adults enrolled in an evidence-based program to reduce fall-related risk: sustainability of individual benefits over time. Academic Article uri icon


  • Grand-scale community rollouts of evidence-based programs seldom have the capacity to examine long-term sustainability of beneficial effects among older adults. This study examined the effectiveness of A Matter of Balance/Volunteer Lay Leader Model, an evidence-based fall risk reduction program, to sustain fall-related efficacy improvements among 282 older adult participants using data collected at 3 time points: baseline, postintervention, and 6-month follow-up. A linear mixed model and multilevel logistic regression models were used. Falls Efficacy Scale and individual item scores significantly increased from baseline to postintervention. While most efficacy-related scores tapered after postintervention, all changes remained significant at 6-month follow-up.

published proceedings

  • Fam Community Health

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, M. L., Jiang, L., & Ory, M. G.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Smith, Matthew Lee||Jiang, Luohua||Ory, Marcia G

publication date

  • July 2012