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Certain characteristics predicted an early fall for elderly patients in a hospital rehabilitation ward

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Q In elderly patients, do patient characteristics predict the risk of falling within 1 week of admission to a rehabilitation ward?


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prospective cohort study with blinded outcome assessment.

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3 general rehabilitation wards in a non-acute geriatric hospital.

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1025 elderly patients (mean age 82 y, 64% women) who were consecutively admitted to a rehabilitation ward from acute medical, orthopaedic, and surgical wards after treatment for an acute illness.

Embedded ImageAssessment of risk factors:

patient characteristics including age, sex, past history of falls, impaired vision, hearing loss, lower limb abnormalities, confusion (Hodkinson Abbreviated Mental Test score <7 out of 10), gait disturbance (“get up and go” …

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  • For correspondence: Dr M Vassallo, Kings Mill Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.

  • Source of funding: not stated.