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dc.contributor.authorHeslop, Karen
dc.contributor.authorWynaden, Dianne
dc.contributor.authorBramanis, K.
dc.contributor.authorConnolly, C.
dc.contributor.authorGee, T.
dc.contributor.authorGrifiths, R.
dc.contributor.authorAl Omari, Omar
dc.identifier.citationHeslop, Karen and Wynaden, Dianne and Bramanis, Kirsten and Connolly, Claire and Gee, Trevor and Griffiths, Rachel and Al Omari, Omar. 2012. Assessing falls risk in older adult mental health patients: A Western Australian review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 21 (6): pp. 567-575.

Falls are a common and costly complication of hospitalization, particularly in older adult populations. This paper presents the results of a review of 139 falls at two older adult mental health services in Western Australia, Australia, over a 12-month period. Data were collected from the hospital incident report management system and from case file reviews of patients who sustained a fall during hospitalization. The results demonstrated that the use of different risk assessment and falls management tools led to variations in practice, policies, and management strategies. The review identified mental health-specific falls risk factors that place older people with a mental illness at risk when admitted to the acute mental health setting. With the expansion of community mental healthcare, many older people with a mental illness are now cared for in a variety of health-care settings. In assessing falls risk and implementing falls-prevention strategies, it is important for clinicians to recognize this group as an ambulant population with a fluctuating course of illness. They have related risks that require specialized falls assessment and management.

dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.subjectmental health-specific factor
dc.subjectrisk assessment
dc.subjectolder adult
dc.titleAssessing falls risk in older adult mental health patients: A Western Australian review
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
curtin.accessStatusOpen access via publisher

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