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Outcomes from the Implementation of a Facility-Specific Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Intervention Program in Residential Aged Care

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Nitz, J and Cyarto, E and Andrews, S and Fearn, M and Fu, S and Haines, T and Haralambous, B and Hill, K and Hunt, S and Lea, E and Moore, K and Renehan, B and Robinson, A, Outcomes from the Implementation of a Facility-Specific Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Intervention Program in Residential Aged Care, Geriatric Nursing, 33, (1) pp. 41-50. ISSN 0197-4572 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Mosby, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2011.11.002

Abstract

For residents in long-term care facilities, falling is a major concern requiring preventive intervention. A prospective cohort study measured the impact of falls reduction following the implementation of evidence-based fall prevention interventions in 9 Australian residential care facilities. An external project team provided a comprehensive audit of current practice. Facilitated by an action research approach, interventions were individualized to be facility- and patient-specific and included the following: environmental modifications such as low beds and height-adjustable chairs, movement alarms, hazard removal, and hip protectors. Participants included 670 residents and 650 staff from 9 facilities across 3 states. A significant reduction of falls were observed per site in the proportion of fallers (P = .044) and single fallers (P = .04). However, overall the number of falls was confounded by multiple falls in residents. Reduction in fallers was sustained in the 6-month follow-up phase. Positive outcomes from interventions varied between facilities. Further research is necessary to target frequent fallers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Falls Prevention Intervention
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Care Administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Author:Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)
Author:Lea, E (Dr Emma Lea)
Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:75789
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-02-16
Last Modified:2013-05-08
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