Identify fall risk factors and common interventions that decrease fall risk.
Elderly patients who have fallen or are at high risk for falls
Use the table below to identify risk factors for falls, as well as patient and environmental interventions that may decrease falls.
- List 5 patient risk factors that may predispose a patient to fall.
- List 10 interventions that may be instituted to decrease fall risk.
- Fuller, G. F. Falls in the elderly. Am Fam Physician. 2000 Apr 1; 61(7):2159-2168. Table was adapted from the same article
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