A multifactorial intervention did not prevent falls or fractures in elderly patients during short hospital stays
R G Cumming
Dr R G Cumming, Concord Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia; email@example.com
Does a tailored, multifactorial intervention prevent falls in elderly patients during short hospital stays?
cluster randomised controlled trial.
unclear allocation concealment.
during stay in study ward.
24 elderly care wards in 12 hospitals in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
3999 patients (mean age 79 y; 59% women; mean lengths of stay, acute wards 8.2 to 8.5 d, rehabilitation wards 16.5 to 16.8 d).
2047 patients in 12 wards received a multifactorial intervention delivered by a nurse and a physiotherapist. The intervention included a falls risk assessment, usually within 24 hours of admission; patient, family, and staff education from the nurse …