Circumstances of falls and falls-related injuries in a cohort of older patients following hospital discharge

Anne-Marie Hill, Tammy Hoffmann, Terrence Peter Haines

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    Abstract

    Older people are at increased risk of falls after hospital discharge. This study aimed to describe the circumstances of falls in the six months after hospital discharge and to identify factors associated with the time and location of these falls. Methods: Participants in this randomized controlled study comprised fallers (n = 138) who were part of a prospective observational cohort (n = 343) nested within a randomized controlled trial (n = 1206). The study tested patient education on falls prevention in hospital compared with usual care in older patients who were discharged from hospital and followed for six months after hospital discharge. The outcome measures were number of falls, falls-related injuries, and the circumstances of the falls, measured by use of a diary and a monthly telephone call to each participant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)765 - 774
    Number of pages10
    JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
    Volume8
    Issue number22
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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