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Shih W. HUANG 1, 2, 3, Li F. LIN 1, 4, Lin C. CHOU 1, Mei J. WU 5, 6, Chun D. LIAO 1, 7, Tsan H. LIOU 1, 2, 8
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei, Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan; 3 Graduate Institute of Sports Science, National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan, Taiwan; 4 School of Gerontology and Health Management, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 5 Department of Quality Control, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 6 School of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 7 School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; 8 Graduate Institute of Injury Prevention, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
BACKGROUND: Previously, we reported the use of an International Classification of Functioning (ICF) core set that can provide a holistic framework for evaluating the risk factors of falls; however, data on the feasibility of applying this core set are lacking.
AIM: To investigate the feasibility of applying the fall-related ICF risk-factor core set in the case of patients in an acute-rehabilitation setting.
DESIGN: A cross-sectional and descriptive correlational design.
SETTING: Acute-rehabilitation ward.
POPULATION: A total of 273 patients who experienced fall at acute-rehabilitation ward.
METHODS: The data on falls were collected from the hospital’s Nursing Information System (NIS) and the fall-reporting system (Adverse Event Reporting System, AERS) between 2010 and 2013. The relationship of both systems to the fall-related ICF core set was analyzed to assess the feasibility of their clinical application. We evaluated the feasibility of using the fall-related ICF risk-factor core set by using the frequency and the percentage of the fall patients in of the listed categories.
RESULTS: The fall-related ICF risk-factor core set category b735 (muscle tone functions) exhibited a high feasibility (85.95%) for clinical application, and the category b730 (muscle power functions) covered 77.11% of the patients. The feasibility of application of the category d410 (change basic body position) was also high in the case of all fall patients (81.69%).
CONCLUSIONS: In the acute-rehabilitation setting, the feasibility of application of the fall-related ICF risk-factor core set is high.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: The fall-related ICF risk-factor core set can help multidisciplinary teams develop fall-prevention strategies in acute rehabilitation wards.