Review: evidence from single studies shows that very few fall risk assessment tools can predict falls in elderly people
Q What is the accuracy of tools for assessing risk of falls in elderly people in various settings?
Medline, EbscoHost Academic Search Premier, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection, Nursing and Allied Health Collection, Health Business Elite, Biomedical Reference Collection, Cochrane Library, and article references.
Study selection and assessment:
English-language prospective studies that were published between 1980 and July 2004 and evaluated a fall risk assessment tool; assessed outcomes of falls, fall-related injuries, or gait/balance; and included mostly participants ⩾65 years of age. 34 articles (assessing 38 tools) met the selection criteria.
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