Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
June 2017 Vol. 6(6), pp. 131-136
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Identification and information of fall risk factors at elderly admission in nursing homes

Cristina Lavareda Baixinho1* and Maria dos Anjos Dixe2

1PhD in Nursing, Master in School of Health, Specialist in Rehabilitation Nursing, Teacher at Lisbon Nursing School, Health Research Unit (UIS)/ Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa. Avenida Professor Egas Moniz, 1600-190 Lisboa. Portugal.
2PhD in Psychology, Master in Nursing, Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Teacher at Leiria health School, IPL, Health Research Unit (UIS)/ Escola Superior de Saúde do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria; Campus 2 - Morro do Lena - Alto do Vieiro. Apartado 4137 | 2411-901 Leiria - Portugal.

*Corresponding Author E-mail:;; Phone: 933254269, 964881092

Accepted 29 June, 2017


This study aim to build a scale to assess identification and information practices related to fall risk factors at elderly admission in nursing homes and to assess its psychometric characteristics. The prevalence of falls during the first weeks of institutionalization is high for being a new environment, with unknown personnel and the valuation of individual risk factors during assessment might not occur. A methodological study with 152 professionals from Portuguese nursing homes. The scale was constituted by 13 items, distributed by two factors that explained 61.803% of variance. The scale’s internal consistency was α= 0,913. Good scale’s statistical values allow its use for nursing investigation, training and clinical practice. It is important to associate the scale score with the prevalence of falls during the first weeks of elderly institutionalization.

Keywords: Falls, Elderly, Risk Factors, Caregivers.



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