The study was determined to be valid in its design and methods of measurements.
PERCEPTIONS RELATED TO FALLS AND FALL PREVENTION 4 Strength and Weaknesses As with any research study, there is strengths and weaknesses of the study, this holds the same for the study conducted by Twibell, et al. The strength of this study is that it clearly identified a significant difference between a patient’s perception of being at risk for a fall versus a nurse’s assessment of one being at risk for a fall. The sampling method used in this study was convenience, which has the potential to lead biases. One significant bias could have resulted from the number of participants that were allowed to participate with the surveys being read aloud to them. The study did not acknowledge whether the individual or individuals that were conducting the verbatim reading were the same individual. This is a concern, as body language has the potential to determine different perceptions amongst participants. This study fails to mention the number participants that were able to pencil in questionnaire versus those whose responses were recorded after being read aloud to them. Clinical Practice There are specific guidelines that are required in an acute care setting to assess the level of patients risk for a fall, one is upon admission and any time the patients is transferred to another unit. There are various assessment tools in use, all of which typically use some sort of scoring system, and measure the effects of all known risk factors, such as medication use, history of falls and etc. (American Nurse Today, 2015). There is one crucial step when labeling a patient as being at risk for falls, and that is to provide the information to interdisciplinary team caring for the patient, as well as the patient and other family members (American Nurse Today, 2015). By taking the time to educate the patient on the use of the tool that was used to assess them as being
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