Outcomes of a consult fall prevention screening clinic.
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.
Perell, KL; Manzano, MLP; Weaver, R; Fiuzat, M; Voss-McCarthy, M; Opava-Rutter, D; Castle, SC
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