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1 Psychiatric Fall Assessment: A Quantitative and Qualitative Lori Parker BSN RN Walden University April 13, 2017
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2 Psychiatric Fall Assessment: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study Fall risk factors and interventions are unique to specific patient populations. The purpose of this paper is to compare a quantitative and qualitative design approach in addressing risk assessment and prevention methods for falls in the acute psychiatric environments. Studies Information Quantitative “Evaluation of fall risk assessment tools for psychiatric patient fall prevention: A comparative study” (Van Dyke, Singley, Speroni, & Daniel, 2014) provided quantified evidence of effectiveness between two fall risk assessment tools in an acute psychiatric setting. Data was collected and compared for accuracy. One tool proved to a better predictor of falls due to its comprehensive assessment of risk factors associated with psychiatric patients. The report also supports RN clinical judgment as an important component in psychiatric fall risk assessments. Qualitative The study “A qualitative understanding of patient falls in inpatient mental health units” by Powell-Cope et al. (2014) examines relationships between fall prevention and clinical staff perceptions. Focus group participants acknowledged that psychiatric patients have unique fall risk factors. The research revealed clinical caregivers focus more on fall prevention than risk assessment. Participant feedback deemed there is a failure to assess and implement prevention
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