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Juliana S. Oliveira, Leanne Hassett, Catherine Sherrington, Elisabeth Ramsay, Catherine Kirkham, Shona Manning and Anne Tiedemann

This study aimed to summarize the function-related goals set by older people, and to explore gender differences in goal selection and associations between balance-related goals and fall history, self-rated balance, and fear of falling. We included community-dwelling people aged 60 years and older participating in two randomized controlled trials. Participants nominated two function-related goals, which were summarized into components of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Chi-square analyses were used to explore associations between goal types and participant characteristics. Goals related to recreation and leisure and walking were the most common function-related goals selected. Men and women set similar goals. Participants who had poor/fair self-reported balance were more likely to set a balance-related goal than people with good self-rated balance. In contrast, fallers and participants who had a fear of falling were not more likely to select a balance-related goal than nonfallers and participants who had no fear of falling, respectively.