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Single assessment of risk predicted which elderly patients would fall

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1750
  1. Christopher Price, Research fellow academic department,
  2. Michael Suddes, Practice development nurse, academic department,
  3. Maguire Linda, Falls nurse specialist, academic department,
  4. Sam Harrison, Audit facilitator, academic department,
  5. Diarmuid O'Shea, Consultant physician, department of medicine
  1. North Tyneside General Hospital, North Shields NE29 8NH

    EDITOR—Oliver et al used a scientific approach to develop an evidence based risk assessment tool that predicts with high specificity which elderly inpatients will fall.1 Between July and September 1996 we examined risk factors prospectively for 154 patients admitted to two acute and rehabilitation geriatric wards in a district general hospital. Our aim was to identify factors on admission that might have predictive value for the duration of the inpatient episode. A simple risk assessment form for falls was completed once by the admitting nurse. …

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