Do statistical models matter for performance criteria of fall prediction in the elderly?

18/01/2016

Source: European Journal of Internal Medicine, 2016, Vol 27 p. 48-56

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study compared various performance criteria of different statistical models for fall risk in older community-dwellers. It tested six linear models and three non-linear models, including neuroevolution of augmenting topologies (NEAT) and the adaptive neuro fuzzy interference system (ANFIS). The study found that these latter two had the best performance criteria compared to other models, but sensitivity and specificity were unbalanced, underscoring that these models should be used respectively for the screening of fallers and the diagnosis of recurrent fallers.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Screening hospitalized injured older adults for cognitive impairment and pre-injury functional impairment.

21/10/2013

Source: Applied Nursing Research, Vol 26 no 3 p. 146-150

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the the feasibility of screening IOAs for cognitive and pre-injury functional impairment; and to examine the prevalence of impairment at two acute care hospitals.

Length of publication: four pages.

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Local adaptation and evaluation of a falls risk prevention approach in acute hospitals

04/01/2011

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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