Validating components of a falls risk assessment instrument

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Show simple item record Donoghue, JM Graham, J Gibbs, J Mitten-Lewis, S Blay, N 2009-12-21T02:33:44Z 2003-01
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 2003, 16 (1), pp. 21 - 28
dc.identifier.issn 0952-6862
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Falls are a significant burden on the Australian health care budget and can result in loss of personal independence, injury or death. A sustained high rate of inpatient falls in a 550-bed acute care hospital has made it imperative for nurses to identify patients at highest risk, in order to implement preventive interventions. This study examined the prevalence of intrinsic high risk characteristics identified by the literature in people who fell during hospitalization, to confirm the validity of these predictors in detecting risk. Over ten weeks 91 inpatients fell (total 118 falls) and were assessed for intrinsic risk factors. Most prevalent was impaired ambulatory status resulting in balance instability. Other high prevalence factors included cognitive impairment and age > 75. Commonly cited factors, such as urinary or fecal incontinence, medications and history of prior falls, were found less frequently. No significant differences in risk factors by gender were identified.
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1108/09526860310460451
dc.title Validating components of a falls risk assessment instrument
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 16
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation West Yorkshire, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 21 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 28 en_US Clinical Nursing: Practices and Outcomes en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1117 Public Health and Health Services
dc.personcode 840200
dc.personcode 10663351
dc.percentage 100 en_US Public Health and Health Services en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Students
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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