Evid Based Nurs 9:91 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.3.91
  • Clinical prediction guide

The STRATIFY falls risk assessment tool was not useful in predicting falls in patients with acute stroke

 Q In patients recovering from acute stroke, does the STRATIFY falls risk assessment tool predict falls in hospital and after discharge?



2 prospective cohort studies (inpatient and post-discharge cohorts) to evaluate a clinical prediction guide previously developed based on an elderly hospital patient population.


6 stroke rehabilitation units in the UK.


359 patients 34–100 years of age (median age 78 y, 51% women) with recent acute stroke. Patients in the inpatient study (n = 225) had a baseline assessment within 2 weeks of admission to the rehabilitation unit and remained in the unit ⩾28 more days. Patients in the post-discharge study (n = 234) were assessed within 48 hours of discharge and agreed to be contacted 3 months after discharge. Some patients participated in both studies.

GraphicDescription of prediction guide:

the STRATIFY falls risk assessment tool comprises 5 …

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