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Home modification to prevent falls by older ED patients

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

Author: Gerson, L. W. , Camargo Jr, C. A. , Wilber, S. T.
Year: 2005
Type: Journal Article

Abstract:

This trial was conducted at 11 EDs to test the effectiveness of distributing fall prevention information to patients 65 years or older. Intervention patients were given 2 brochures and received a reminder call 2 weeks later. All patients were called at 1 month and asked if they made home safety modifications. Three hundred ninety-seven patients were enrolled (118 control, 279 intervention). Seventy-six percent had complete follow up interviews. Nine percent of control and 8% of intervention patients reported a home modification (95% confidence interval on difference, −8.1% to 5.5%). Patients who fell in the prior year had a 2.0 increased odds (95% confidence interval, 0.8-4.6) of making a home modification. The similar home modification rates in the 2 study groups suggest that even minimum discussion (eg, the informed consent procedure) may increase patients' fall prevention activities. The stronger association in patients who fell suggests that a targeted program may have added benefit.


Further Details

Pages 4
Volume 23
Issue 3
Section 295
Accession Number October, 2010
Work Type Journal Article
Keywords Older, health, home modification, safety

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