Nurse-Led Intervention to Prevent Patient Falls

Research briefs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing Research Network identify specific ways nurses affect patient care quality and outcomes. Since 2005, the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program has supported interdisciplinary teams that involved nursing scholars and scholars from other disciplines in research projects—from the conceptual study design to the adoption in practice of new measures of standards of care.

This research brief develops and tests the effectiveness of a web-based fall prevention tool kit (FPTK) in four acute care hospitals.

Key Findings

  • The intervention units had a significantly lower adjusted fall rate than control units.

  • The intervention was much more effective among older patients. Patients aged 65 years or older benefited the most from the FPTK.

  • The researchers saw no significant effect of FPTK on fall-related injuries.

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