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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Nov;85(11):882-8.

Outcomes of a consult fall prevention screening clinic.

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California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, California 92834, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report patient satisfaction and quality outcomes from a standardized, multicenter fall prevention screening clinic.

DESIGN:

Referrals were made to the fall prevention screening clinic, which was staffed by a physician, pharmacist, therapist, nurse, and the site coordinator. The fall prevention screening clinic staff utilized a team-meeting format with clearly delineated management options to determine the appropriate interventions based on various screening examinations.

RESULTS:

Primary care providers acknowledged pharmacy recommendations and >80% of the recommendations were followed. There was a reduction in reported falls (initial visit = 297 falls, follow-up visit = 141 falls, P = 0.0002) and in the number of recurrent fallers. There was a small (average difference = 1.8 secs) but significant (P = 0.025) decrease in the 8-foot Up-and-Go time, representing a functional improvement in walking speed. There was no significant change in the Fall Efficacy Scale, however. At least 80% of the patients reported that they were completely satisfied with their care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients who attended the fall prevention screening clinic demonstrated improved confidence during activities of daily living and reduced falls. They reported high satisfaction with the clinic format.

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