Stepping to stability and fall prevention in adult psychiatric patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Fall prevention is a major area of concern in inpatient settings. This article reports on the feasibility of implementing a daily exercise program that features line dancing to promote stability, balance, and flexibility in adult psychiatric patients and describes the impact of that program. Six hundred sixty-five patient charts drawn from before and after the practice change were reviewed. The fall rate after the introduction of line dancing was 2.8% compared with 3.2% before implementation. In a setting that treats both men and women of many ages and with varying levels of mobility, line dancing offers a viable approach to exercise in a secure setting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Emory, SL; Silva, SG; Christopher, EJ; Edwards, PB; Wahl, LE

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 30 - 36

PubMed ID

  • 22085611

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0279-3695

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/02793695-20111102-01


  • eng