Patient education to prevent falls among older hospital inpatients

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, published online 22 November 2010.

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study compared two types of multimedia patient education with usual care for the prevention of falls among in-patients at two Australian hospitals. 401 patients were given the full intervention comprising videos, written materials and one-to-one follow up whilst 424 patients received just the education materials. A third group of 381 patients received usual care comprising checklists, alert systems and risk screening. Data was collected using incident reports, medical records and patient interviews. A total of 247 patient fell during the study period, 97 of which sustained injuries. The study found that the rate of falls per 1,000 days per patient did not differ significantly between the three groups. However, falls were less frequent among cognitively intact patients given the full intervention than among cognitively intact patients receiving just the education materials or those in the control group.

Length of publication: 1 web page

Aknowledgement: Personalised multimedia proram may help prevent falls in patients without cognitive impairment, 23 November 2010, Science Centric

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