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Nurs Stand. 1992 Apr 15-21;6(30):28-31.

Accidents in elderly care: a randomised controlled trial (Part 2).


This paper reports the data on accidents from a randomised controlled trial evaluating health authority-funded nursing home and long stay care of the elderly ward care in one inner London health district. Respondents randomised to NHS nursing homes experienced a higher accident rate than respondents randomised to conventional long stay hospital wards for elderly people. Respondents in the homes also experienced an earlier decline in functional and mental ability than those in hospital. These disadvantages have to be balanced against the previously published observational data from the evaluation, which clearly indicated that quality of life in the homes was superior to that in the wards. The conclusion from this study is that earlier decline in functional and mental ability and increased accident risk in the more flexible environments of the nursing homes have to be balanced against an inferior quality of life in the large traditional hospital wards; such assessments are not easy to make on behalf of other people. The report is divided into three parts. This week, the results of the trial are presented.

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