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How Effective Are Bathtub Grab Bars for Stopping a Fall When You Lose Your Balance?
Falls are among the leading causes of injuries, hospitalizations and functional disabilities among seniors, and bathrooms are one of the most common locations for indoor falls. This study examines how individuals who lose their balance use four different bathtub grab bar configurations, and it investigates the effectiveness of these grab bar configurations in preventing falls. Results indicate that the very presence of grab bars does not ensure that they will be used when adults get in or out of the bathtub. However, participants used the vertical bar on the side wall most frequently to regain their balance during bathtub transfer.
Dans quelle mesure les barres d'appui pour les baignoires sont-elles efficaces pour prévenir une chute lors d'une perte d'équilibre?
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