Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care

Haines, Terry P., D Hill, Keith D., Bennell, Kim L. and Osborne, Richard H. (2006) Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care. Clinical Rehabilitation, 20 11: 970-979. doi:10.1177/0269215506070694

Author Haines, Terry P.
D Hill, Keith D.
Bennell, Kim L.
Osborne, Richard H.
Title Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care
Journal name Clinical Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-2155
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0269215506070694
Volume 20
Issue 11
Start page 970
End page 979
Total pages 10
Editor D. Wade
Place of publication UK
Publisher Sage Publ
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321007 Geriatrics and Gerontology
730203 Health related to ageing
Formatted abstract
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a patient education programme for preventing falls in the subacute hospital setting.

Design: Randomized controlled trial, subgroup analysis.

Participants: Patients of a metropolitan subacute/aged rehabilitation hospital who were recommended for a patient education intervention for the prevention of falls when enrolled in a larger randomized controlled trial of a falls prevention programme.

Methods: Participants in both the control and intervention groups who were recommended for the education programme intervention were followed for the duration of their hospital stay to determine if falls occurred. Only participants in the intervention group who were recommended for this intervention actually received it. In addition, these participants completed an evaluation survey at the completion of their education programme.

Results: Intervention group participants in this subgroup analysis had a significantly lower incidence of falls than their control group counterparts (control: 16.0 falls/1000 participant-days, intervention: 8.2 falls/1000 participant-days, log-rank test: P = 0.007). However the difference in the proportion of fallers was not significant (relative risk 1.21, 95% confidence interval 0.68 to 2.14).

Conclusion: Patient education is an important part of a multiple intervention falls prevention approach for the subacute hospital setting.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Randomized Controlled-trial
Protection Motivation
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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