Conflict of Interest Statement
Pattern of Underreporting Falls in a General Psychiatric Hospital in Japan
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 255–261, October 2013
How to Cite
Higami, Y., Higuchi, A., Takahama, M., Yamakawa, M. and Makimoto, K. (2013), Pattern of Underreporting Falls in a General Psychiatric Hospital in Japan. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 255–261. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12011
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest. No external or intramural funding was received.
- Issue published online: 4 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 2 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUL 2012
- incident report;
To examine the pattern of underreporting of fall incidents in a general psychiatric hospital in Japan.
Design and Methods
All fall incidents were analyzed and stratified by ward.
A discrepancy in fall rates was found in acute psychiatric and dementia wards. The following indicators were suggestive of underreporting: “zero fall/1,000 patient-days,” “proportion of falls without injury,” and “proportion of falls identified as occurring in the bedroom as a fall location during certain time periods.”
Ward-specific fall rates, with further stratifications by time and location of the fall, were useful for identifying a pattern of underreporting.