Nurses’ perceptions of preventing falls for patients with dementia in the acute hospital setting

Darshini Ayton, Penny O'Brien, Jonathan Treml, Sze-Ee Soh, Renata Morello, Anna Barker

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Objectives: Safe and high-quality care for patients with dementia is a key priority area of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; however, caring for patients with dementia in the acute hospital setting is perceived as challenging. The aim of this analysis was to explore nurses’ perspectives regarding fall prevention for patients with dementia in an acute care setting. Methods: Secondary analysis of focus group data. Focus groups were conducted with nurses (n = 96) across six hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria. Results: Nurses frequently reported issues relating to the physical environment of the acute care setting, competing priorities in a complex care setting and the need for one-on-one supervision for patients with dementia. Conclusion: Nurses report that one-on-one supervision is required to keep patients safe. Future research examining the acceptability and cost-effectiveness of volunteers providing this supervision is warranted in Australian hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E70-E72
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • accidental falls
  • dementia
  • health services
  • nursing

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