Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care

Haines, Terry, Hill, Keith, Bennell, Kim and Osborne, Richard 2006, Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care, Clinical rehabilitation, vol. 20, no. 11, pp. 970-979.

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Title Patient education to prevent falls in subacute care
Author(s) Haines, Terry
Hill, Keith
Bennell, Kim
Osborne, Richard
Journal name Clinical rehabilitation
Volume number 20
Issue number 11
Start page 970
End page 979
Publisher Sage Science Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0269-2155
1477-0873
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018651

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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