Tailored education for older patients to facilitate engagement in falls prevention strategies after hospital discharge - a pilot randomized controlled trial

Anne-Marie Hill, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Terrence Peter Haines

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Abstract

The aims of the study were to evaluate the effect of providing tailored falls prevention education in hospital on: i) engagement in targeted falls prevention behaviors in the month after discharge: ii) patients self-perceived risk and knowledge about falls and falls prevention strategies after receiving the education.Methods:A pilot randomized controlled trial (n = 50): baseline and outcome assessments conducted by blinded researchers. Participants: hospital inpatients 60 years or older, discharged to the community. Participants were randomized into two groups. The intervention was a tailored education package consisting of multimedia falls prevention information with trained health professional follow-up, delivered in addition to usual care. Outcome measures were engagement in falls prevention behaviors in the month after discharge measured at one month after discharge with a structured survey, and participants knowledge, confidence and motivation levels before and after receiving the education. The feasibility of providing the intervention was examined and falls outcomes (falls, fall-related injuries) were also collected.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere63450
Number of pages11
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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