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Journal Article

Patient education to prevent falls among older hospital inpatients: a randomized controlled trial.

Haines TP, Hill A-M, Hill KD, et al. Archives of internal medicine. 2011;171:516-24.

Efforts to prevent falls among hospitalized patients have been limited by a lack of evidence-based preventive strategies. In this study conducted at two Australian hospitals, cognitively intact patients who received a multimodal fall prevention intervention (written and video-based educational materials on falls and physical therapist follow-up) were significantly less likely to fall during hospitalization. The fall prevention evidence base was also augmented by a recent study that used an individualized fall prevention strategy to sharply reduce falls in geriatric inpatients. A case of recurrent falls is discussed in an AHRQ WebM&M commentary.