Emergency department fall-related presentations do not trigger fall risk assessment: A gap in care of high-risk outpatient fallers

Donaldson, Meghan G., Khan, Karim M., Davis, Jennifer C., Salter, Allison E., Buchanan, Jan, McKnight, Doug, Janssen, Patti A., Bell, Margie and McKay, Heather A. (2005) Emergency department fall-related presentations do not trigger fall risk assessment: A gap in care of high-risk outpatient fallers. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 41 3: 311-317. doi:10.1016/j.archger.2005.04.008


Author Donaldson, Meghan G.
Khan, Karim M.
Davis, Jennifer C.
Salter, Allison E.
Buchanan, Jan
McKnight, Doug
Janssen, Patti A.
Bell, Margie
McKay, Heather A.
Title Emergency department fall-related presentations do not trigger fall risk assessment: A gap in care of high-risk outpatient fallers
Journal name Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-4943
1872-6976
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.archger.2005.04.008
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 311
End page 317
Total pages 7
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
111712 Health Promotion
Formatted abstract
We wanted to determine whether women aged 70 years and older, who presented to the emergency department (ED) with a fall and injury, received guideline care within 18 months of presentation. Women aged 70 years and older who presented to the ED with a fall were recorded prospectively from August 1, 2001 to May 1, 2002 (n = 226). Structured telephone interviews were performed 18 months after the ED fall to obtain details of patient management (n = 63). The most frequently reported referral was to the family physician (32%) and to physiotherapy (24%). We concluded that most older women who presented to the ED with a fall did not appear to be receiving current guideline care. We propose that future research use a prospective study design to assess whether or not guideline care is being delivered by a variety of health care providers after the patients leave the ED.
Keyword Falls in elderly
ED
Guideline care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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