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Authors defend their study to develop tool to predict falls in elderly people

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1318a (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1318
  1. P T Seed, Lecturer, department of statistics (division of public health sciences),
  2. D Oliver, Senior registrar,
  3. F C Martin, Consultant physician,
  4. A H Hopper, Consultant physician
  1. Guy's and St Thomas's Medical and Dental School, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR—Altman1 has raised several valid points regarding our study to develop and assess a tool for predicting falls in elderly people (STRATIFY).2 As he says, we sought a practical measure that would be simple to use and yet powerful enough to guide nursing practice in the daily care of elderly people. STRATIFY is based on five factors that predict falls in hospital: falls as the presenting complaint, visual impairment, agitation, need for frequent toileting, and a combined Barthel transfer and mobility score of 3 …

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