Recurrent falls are associated with increased length of stay in elderly psychiatric inpatients
Article first published online: 16 OCT 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 16, Issue 10, pages 965–968, October 2001
How to Cite
Greene, E., Cunningham, C. J., Eustace, A., Kidd, N., Clare, A. W. and Lawlor, B. A. (2001), Recurrent falls are associated with increased length of stay in elderly psychiatric inpatients. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 16: 965–968. doi: 10.1002/gps.463
- Issue published online: 16 OCT 2001
- Article first published online: 16 OCT 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 FEB 2001
- Manuscript Received: 23 AUG 2000
- recurrent falls;
- length of stay;
- retrospective case-note study
To identify factors which may contribute to prolonged length of stay in an elderly psychiatric inpatient setting.
Retrospective case note study.
A list of all patients over the age of 65 discharged from a private psychiatric hospital over a three-year period excluding those with a length of stay of over 365 days was obtained (n = 1147). A random sample of 150 patients was selected from the study population. A case note study was then performed looking at a number of variables which have been postulated to affect length of stay. The resulting data was analysed using multivariate statistics.
There was no statistically significant association found between baseline factors (including age, gender, cognitive impairment, marital status, order of admission and preadmission living arrangement) and length of stay. Having recurrent falls whilst an inpatient was associated with prolonged hospital stay (p = 0.0006).
Experiencing recurrent falls whilst an inpatient is associated with prolonged length of stay. Recurrent falls in the elderly may be associated with both physical illness and the use of psychotropic medications. A prospective study examining factors contributing to falls would be important in decreasing fall risk and reducing length of stay. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.