What is Grab bars/poles?

Category: Equipment

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Grab bars are useful as something to grab onto in case of loss of footing. Falls in the bathroom are a leading cause of injury. These bars should be institutional-grade, stainless steel and installed according to the manufacturer's directions for firm, solid support.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve mobility 39 4
Balance problems 28 4
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 7 2
Multiple sclerosis 4 0
Dizziness 3 0
Risk of harm 3 1

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
0
None
12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Grab bars/poles

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Grab bars/poles

Dosage Patients
daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
2 other daily 1
1 other as needed 1
1other as needed 1
all the time (24/7) 1
as needed 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Grab bars/poles

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped using Grab bars/poles

Duration

Currently using Grab bars/poles

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 12

Stopped using Grab bars/poles

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 6
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2 patient evaluations for Grab bars/poles

Jun 25, 2010 (Started May 19, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Pretty much a necessity! Glad I have them.

Jan 19, 2009 (Started May 19, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Had an outside railing installed as well as handrails in tub/shower...really get a lot a use!

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 13, 2009 (Started Feb 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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