Using Functional Ability Measures to Assess Fall Risk in Acute Care

Alaina M. Bassett, Ka Chun Siu, Julie A. Honaker

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Currently, it is not known whether integration of functional performance measures is sensitive and feasible for use in acute care settings. This cross-sectional study explored the subjective and objective measures of the risks of falling, falls efficacy, and functional abilities for inpatients in an adult acute care unit. The Morse Fall Scale (n = 30) and Timed Up and Go (TUG; n = 10) had excellent sensitivity (100%) for identifying participants with prior fall histories, while the St. Thomas Risk Assessment Tool in Falling Elderly Inpatients only had good sensitivity (87.5%). Study findings suggest that implementation of feasible functional ability measures in conjunction with subjective fall risk measures could enhance accuracy and performance in identifying inpatient risks of falling in acute care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1050-1058
Number of pages9
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • acute care
  • fall risk
  • functional measures
  • geriatrics
  • hospital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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