Source: International Journal for Quality in Health Care, published online Dec 3 2010
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Date of publication: December 2010
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This study sought to determine whether local adaption of a falls risk screening and risk factor assesment procedure resulted in instruments capable of supporting an effective falls prevention programme in an acute hospital environment. Patients from acute wards at two Australian hospitals were assessed by a working group of four hospital staff using a previously validated sub-acute hospital risk assessment tool known as FRHOP (Falls Risk for Hospitalized Older People). Modifications were made to the tool based on likely risk factors for acute patients and an initial falls risk screening component added to eliminate lower risk patients from the full assessment. Patients were assessed using the new tool (WHeFRA) alongside the well known STRATIFY tool. Comparisons between the screening component of both revealed WHeFRA to be more accurate at predicting fallers than STRATIFY.
Length of publication: 1 web page
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