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

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


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

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6 stroke rehabilitation units in the UK.

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: J Smith, Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, UK. stroke.research{at}

  • Source of funding: Stroke Association.