2014 Falls Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on falls and falls that were severe enough to cause serious injury affecting daily activities among adults aged 18 and over living in Halton Region.

Background

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in both Halton and Ontario.1 Although all people who fall are at risk of injury, the age, sex and overall health of the individual can influence the type and severity of the injury sustained.2 Creating safer environments, especially for vulnerable populations, is a common prevention strategy to reduce one’s risk of falling.2 For more information on falls in Halton, see the Halton Injury Report

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Key Findings

Had a Fall in the Past 12 Months

Trends Over Time

  • In 2014, 19% of Halton adults reported having a fall in the past 12 months.
  • From 2001 to 2014 the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months has varied from year to year with no statistically significant trends.

Sex

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months.

Age

  • In 2014, Halton adults aged 18-24 were more likely than all other age groups to report having a fall in the past 12 months. This difference is statistically significant. These findings differ from those reported in the Halton Injury Report, likely due to differences in the severity of the fall and how the data is collected.

Municipality

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months.

Income

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months.

Education

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percentage of Halton adults aged 25 and over who reported having a fall in the past 12 months.

Fall in the Last 12 Months Resulting in Serious Injury

Trends Over Time

  • In 2014, 6% of Halton adults reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.
  • From 2001-2014, the percentage of adults in Halton who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury varied from year to year with no statistically significant trends.

Sex

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.

Age

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.

Municipality

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.

Income

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton adults who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.

Education

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percentage of Halton adults aged 25 and over who reported having a fall in the past 12 months that resulted in serious injury.

References

  1. The Regional Municipality of Halton. 2014. Halton Injury Report. Accessed July 2015 from http://www.halton.ca/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=131441 (PDF file)
  2. World Health Organization. 2012. Falls. Accessed July 2015 from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/ (external link)