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
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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