Interventions for preventing falls in acute- and chronic-care hospitals: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Source (DARE review): Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) 
Source (Original review): Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2010 56(1)  p. 29-36

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Dat of publication: November 2010

Publication Type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: A systematic review to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of interventions for preventing falls in acute-care and chronic-care hospitals  found no conclusive evidence that hospital fall prevention programmes  reduce the number of falls or patients who fell.  Some individual interventions however were found to significantly reduce falls.  The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination’s comments do warn that the authors’ conclusions should be treated with caution in view of potential limitations arising from the review process, the low quality of included trials, and the varied nature of the interventions.

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