Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Richard Marottoli, MD


A fear of falling has a significant impact on the life of an elderly person. Over half of people over the age of sixty-five admit to a fear of falling, which is an independent risk factor for falling and several other poor health outcomes. Interventions have been successful in reducing fear of falling among participants, however there are significant barriers to participation among an older population. Delivering the intervention at home would reduce several barriers. Teleconferencing has been an effective tool among an elderly population and delivery of an established intervention through videoconferencing has been shown to be comparable to in-person delivery. We propose that delivery of an established fear of falling intervention through group videoconferencing is statistically non-inferior to delivery in-person. A successful intervention using an online platform can lead to increased access to helpful programming that patients would have otherwise been unable access.

Open Access

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