Falls in a rehabilitation setting: Functional independence and fall risk

A. Saverino, E. Benevolo, M. Ottonello, E. Zsirai, P. Sessarego

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Aim. With this study we wanted to determine the incidence, characteristics and consequences of falls in our rehabilitation setting. Methods. An observational study was carried out in a rehabilitation setting for postacute orthopedic and neurological inpatients. Three-hundred and twenty patients were enrolled. Falls risk factors (Downton index [DI] and other known parameters), disability (functional independence measure [FIM]) and balance (Berg balance scale [BBSD were assessed at admission. Falls that occurred during the rehabilitation stay were prospectively classified (St. Louis Older Adult Service and Information System [OASIS] system) and analyzed. Results. Forty patients experienced a fall (12.5%). The faller group was characterized by a major clinical complexity; 70% of fallers were neurological patients and 30% presented cognitive impairment (mini mental state examination [MMSE]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


  • Balance
  • Falls
  • Rehabilitation
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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