Outcomes from the implementation of a facility-specific evidence-based falls prevention intervention program in residential aged care

Nitz, Jennifer, Cyarto, Elizabeth, Andrews, Sharon, Fearn, Marcia, Fu, Stephanie, Haines, Terrence, Haralambous, Betty, Hill, Keith, Hunt, Susan, Lea, Emma, Moore, Kirsten, Renehan, Emma and Robinson, Andrew (2012) Outcomes from the implementation of a facility-specific evidence-based falls prevention intervention program in residential aged care. Geriatric Nursing, 33 1: 41-50. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2011.11.002


Author Nitz, Jennifer
Cyarto, Elizabeth
Andrews, Sharon
Fearn, Marcia
Fu, Stephanie
Haines, Terrence
Haralambous, Betty
Hill, Keith
Hunt, Susan
Lea, Emma
Moore, Kirsten
Renehan, Emma
Robinson, Andrew
Title Outcomes from the implementation of a facility-specific evidence-based falls prevention intervention program in residential aged care
Journal name Geriatric Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0197-4572
1528-3984
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2011.11.002
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 50
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Mosby
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 30 December 2011

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