<p>Objective: We investigated whether an in-hospital intervention consisting of fall risk screening and tailored advice could prompt patients to take preventive action. Method: Patients (≥70) attending the emergency department and nephrology outpatient clinic in a Dutch hospital were screened. Patients at high risk received tailored advice based on their individual risk factors. Three months after screening, preventive steps taken by patients were surveyed. Results: Two hundred sixteen patients were screened. Of the 83 patients completing a 3-month follow-up, 51.8% took action; among patients who received tailored advice (n = 20), 70% took action. Patients most often adhered to advice on improving muscle strength and undergoing vision checkups (20%). Tailored advice and a reported low quality of life were associated with consulting a health care provider. Discussion: Patients at risk in these settings are inclined to take action after screening. However, they do not always adhere to the tailored prevention advice.</p>

doi.org/10.1177/07334648211004037, hdl.handle.net/1765/137146
Journal of Applied Gerontology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

L.M. (Lotte) Barmentloo, V. (Vicki) Erasmus, BF (Branko) Olij, J.A. (Juanita) Haagsma, JP (Johan) Mackenbach, C. (Christian) Oudshoorn, … S. (Suzanne) Polinder. (2021). Can Fall Risk Screening and Fall Prevention Advice in Hospital Settings Motivate Older Adult Patients to Take Action to Reduce Fall Risk?. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 40(11), 1492–1501. doi:10.1177/07334648211004037