An integrative review of factors associated with falls during post-stroke rehabilitation

Source: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, early view (published online 13 October 2010)

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Date of publication: October 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An integrative review was carried out to examine the evidence concerning risk factors for falls during inpatient rehabilitation for stroke. Fourteen studies met the inclusion criteria from the literature search spanning the period 1990 to 2009. Of these, one study provided high quality evidence whilst the remaining articles were primarily qualitative or descriptive in nature. A total of twenty-eight unique risk factors were identified across all of the studies. Overall, impaired balance, visuospatial hemineglect and self-care deficits were identified as key risk factors whilst the association between post-stroke falls with age, incontinence and impaired vision was not supported.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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