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Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100249
  • Care of the older people
  • Cohort Study

Improving the ability to predict falls among older adults following inpatient rehabilitation

  1. Laura M Wagner
  1. College of Nursing, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Laura M Wagner
    College of Nursing, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, 726 Broadway, 10th floor, NY 10003; USA; lmw9{at}nyu.edu

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • The simple tool furthers our understanding of the key variables that could be predictive of falls following a rehabilitation stay.

  • Collaboration with other members of the healthcare team may be necessary to complete the tool such as sway assessment since nurses may not be readily trained in how to complete one.

  • Future research should focus on testing the predicted probability of falling in high-risk groups after being discharged from rehabilitation such as stroke survivors and those with cognitive impairments.

Context

Falls in the older people continue to challenge healthcare providers in all care settings. This is especially true …

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