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Translating evidence from a systematic review to the development of an evidence-based fall prevention program in a tertiary psychiatric hospital

Changqing Xu, Huiting Xie
  • Changqing Xu
    Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, Singapore

Abstract

Falls have been a major safety concern in view of its high incidences and potential detrimental consequences. This article described a systematic review about effectiveness of interventions for the assessment and prevention of falls in adult psychiatric patients conducted previously. These patients possessed unique fall-related risk factors such as altered mental status, physiological symptoms, past history of falls, mobility and gait problems, concurrent medical conditions, and polypharmacy that might warrant specific tailored fall prevention interventions. Following the systematic review, a care bundle for fall prevention in a tertiary psychiatric hospital would be implemented, taking into account these risk factors and evidence relating to fall prevention.

Keywords

Fall-related risk factors; adult psychiatric patients; fall prevention.

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Submitted: 2015-02-16 04:40:27
Published: 2015-05-19 17:37:19
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