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Laurence Z. Rubenstein M.D., M.P.H. & Karen R. Josephson M.P.H.

In: Improving Care in the Nursing Home: Comprehensive Reviews of Clinical Research

Chapter 8: Clinical Research on Falls in the Nursing Home

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Clinical Research on Falls in the Nursing Home
Clinical research on falls in the nursing home
LaurenceZ.RubensteinM.D., M.P.H.

Falls are a common and serious problem in the nursing home, causing considerable morbidity, mobility disturbance, and mortality. Interest in the problem of falling and the sophistication of fall-related research have greatly increased over the past 20 years. Research objectives have progressed from simply establishing the epidemiology and causes of falls, to identifying risk factors that predict which patients are most likely to fall, to designing and testing interventions to prevent falls. This chapter presents a systematic review of the literature on falls in the NH setting, synthesizes the available research data, and outlines research questions that remain to be answered.

Incidence of Falls

Both the incidence of falls in older ...

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