Influence of medications and diagnoses on fall risk in psychiatric inpatients

Source: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 2010, 67(15) p. 1274 – 80

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: August 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This retrospective case-control study set out to identify risk factors for falls in adult psychiatric inpatients. The study examined 774 patients who had fallen, over 50% of whom were female. The median age of patients was 60. The results highlighted specific medications associated with an increased falls risk; however several drugs which were previously considered high risk were not found to be linked to an increased risk of patient falls. Falls were also reported to be more common in patients with bipolar disorder, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Length of publication: 6 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NeLM News Service, 26 July 2010

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