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Review: evidence from single studies shows that very few fall risk assessment tools can predict falls in elderly people

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 Q What is the accuracy of tools for assessing risk of falls in elderly people in various settings?

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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.

Embedded ImageStudy 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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sensitivity, specificity, …

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