Falls in a Psychiatric Institution in Beijing, China
Article first published online: 25 JUN 2009
Journal compilation © 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 45, Issue 3, pages 183–190, July 2009
How to Cite
An, F.-R., Xiang, Y.-T., Lu, J.-Y., Lai, K. Y. C. and Ungvari, G. S. (2009), Falls in a Psychiatric Institution in Beijing, China. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 45: 183–190. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2009.00220.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 25 JUN 2009
- First received November 12, 2008; Revision received December 30, 2008; Accepted for publication January 29, 2009.
- psychiatric disorder;
- psychotropic medication
PURPOSE. This study aimed to determine the rate of falls and their relationship with sociodemographic and clinical factors in a psychiatric institution in Beijing, China.
DESIGN AND METHODS. The case notes of 7,921 inpatients were scrutinized to identify patients who fell while in the hospital.
FINDINGS. The fall rate in this study was 1.2% of all inpatients. Nearly all (89.7%) falls occurred when patients attempted to stand up, get out of bed, or walk.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Effective measures should be provided to prevent falls in psychiatric wards. A prospective study exploring predictors of falls is warranted.