Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2011, 20(1-2), p175-183.
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Date of publication: January 2011
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This study compared fall rates among older hospital inpatients with and without cognitive impairment using data from three nationwide studies conducted in Germany between 2005 and 2007 (9,246 patients from 37 hospitals). The resulting data showed that cognitively impaired patients were three times more likely to fall than those without cognitive impairment. Other risk factors included higher age, reduced mobility, greater care dependency and being a geriatric ward patient.
Length of publication: 8 pages