Title

Fall Risk Assessment: A Prospective Investigation of Nurses' Clinical Judgement and Risk Assessment Tools in Predicting Patient Falls

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

1867

Comments

This article was originally published as: Myers, H., & Nikoletti, S. (2003). Fall risk assessment: a prospective investigation of nurses’ clinical judgement and risk assessment tools in predicting patient falls. International journal of nursing practice, 9(3), 158-165. Original article available here

Abstract

A prospective cohort study was used to determine the reliability and validity of two fall risk assessment tools and nurses’ clinical judgement in predicting patient falls. The study wards comprised two aged care and rehabilitation wards within a 570 bed acute care tertiary teaching hospital in Western Australia. Instrument testing included test-retest reliability and calculations of sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy. The test retest reliability of all methods was good. In this setting, the three methods of assessing fall risk showed good sensitivity but poor specificity. Also, all methods had limited accuracy, and overall, exhibited an inability to adequately discriminate between patient populations at risk of falling and those not at risk of falling. Consequently, neither nurses’ clinical judgement nor the fall risk assessment tools could be recommended for assessing fall risk in this clinical setting.

DOI

10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00409.x

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00409.x