Adding value to the STRATIFY falls risk assessment in acute hospitals.

  title={Adding value to the STRATIFY falls risk assessment in acute hospitals.},
  author={Anna Lucia Barker and Jeannette Kamar and Marnie Graco and Vicki Lawlor and Keith D. Hill},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  volume={67 2},
AIM This paper is a report of a study conducted to compare the predictive accuracy for fallers of The Northern Hospital Modified St Thomas's Risk Assessment Tool and St Thomas's Risk Assessment Tool, and to determine the inter-rater agreement of each tool. BACKGROUND Falls risk assessment is a key component of fall prevention. Investigation of clinimetric properties of a tool should be completed before it are used in clinical practice. METHODS Local falls data were used to inform… 

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