The incidence and consequences of falls were investigated in three different types of Swedish geriatric care clinics : a geriatric rehabilitation clinic, a psychogeriatric clinic and a nursing home.
Falls were prospectively registered by the nursing staff.
The incidence rate (and 95% confidence interval) of falls per 10,000 patient days of the psychogeriatric clinic was 171 (146-196), compared with 92 (72-112) at the geriatric rehabilitation clinic, and 31 (22-41) at the nursing home.
Most falls (62%) did not result in injury, while major injuries occurred in 5%. We conclude that accidental falls are a major problem in geriatric care in Sweden, but there is a considerable difference in incidence rates between different types of institutions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Chute, Vieillard, Homme, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Hôpital, Gériatrie, Etablissement troisième âge, Suède, Europe, Accident, Traumatisme, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Fall, Elderly, Human, Epidemiology, Incidence, Hospital, Geriatrics, Homes for the aged, Sweden, Europe, Accident, Trauma, Diseases of the osteoarticular system
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Cote : 97-0206056
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 21/05/1997.