Learn More
OBJECTIVES To compare three different methods of falls reporting and examine the characteristics of the data missing from the hospital incident reporting system. DESIGN Fourteen-month prospective observational study nested within a randomized controlled trial. SETTING Rehabilitation, stroke, medical, surgical, and orthopedic wards in Perth and Brisbane,(More)
BACKGROUND Falls increase with age, with substantial patient harm resulting in high healthcare utilisation. High level evidence exists for a range of effective falls prevention strategies. OBJECTIVE To provide an evidence based update of falls prevention recommendations, applicable to the primary care setting. DISCUSSION For older adults in the(More)
BACKGROUND Falls are a common adverse event during hospitalization of older adults, and few interventions have been shown to prevent them. METHODS This study was a 3-group randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of 2 forms of multimedia patient education compared with usual care for the prevention of in-hospital falls. Older hospital patients (n = 1206)(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the effectiveness of a digital video disc (DVD) with that of a written workbook delivering falls prevention education to older hospital patients on self-perceived risk of falls, perception of falls epidemiology, knowledge of prevention strategies, and motivation and confidence to engage in self-protective strategies. To compare the(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To evaluate a systematic, coordinated approach to limit the severity and minimize the number of falls in an acute care hospital. BACKGROUND Patient falls are a significant cause of preventable injury and death, particularly in older patients. Best practice principles mandate that hospitals identify those patients at risk of falling and(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to examine whether older people are prepared to engage in appropriate falls prevention strategies after discharge from hospital. DESIGN AND METHODS We used a semi-structured interview to survey older patients about to be discharged from hospital and examined their knowledge regarding falls prevention strategies to utilize(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to determine (i) risk factors for postdischarge falls and (ii) the effect of inpatient falls prevention education on rates of falls after discharge. METHODS Participants (n = 343) were a prospective cohort nested within a randomized controlled trial (n = 1,206) of falls prevention patient education in hospital compared with(More)
BACKGROUND Accidental falls by older patients in hospital are one of the most commonly reported adverse events. Falls after discharge are also common. These falls have enormous physical, psychological and social consequences for older patients, including serious physical injury and reduced quality of life, and are also a source of substantial cost to health(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify factors that are associated with older patients' engagement in exercise in the 6 months after hospital discharge. DESIGN A prospective observational study using qualitative and quantitative evaluation. SETTING Follow-up of hospital patients in their home setting after discharge from a metropolitan general hospital. PARTICIPANTS(More)
BACKGROUND Falls are one of the most frequently occurring adverse events that impact upon the recovery of older hospital inpatients. Falls can threaten both immediate and longer-term health and independence. There is need to identify cost-effective means for preventing falls in hospitals. Hospital-based falls prevention interventions tested in randomized(More)