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Keywords:

  • China;
  • fall;
  • inpatient;
  • 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.