A New Accurate Clinical Assessment Tool for Fear of Falling Is Needed for Older Patients

December 4, 2018

The notion of fear of falling (FOF), originally named “ptophobia”1 and presented for the first time in 1982, is defined as an association of psychobehavioral symptoms such as anxiety and fear of recurrent falling leading to an inability to walk safely on level ground. It is now widely accepted that FOF is multifactorial and multidimensional because it is found as consequence of a previous fall only in half of the cases.