This exploratory study identified the extrinsic risk factors for inpatient falls in hospital rooms both from incident reports and from nurse and nursing attendant interviews. An attributional theory of success and failure was adopted, and a proposed typology was used to elicit data, including 3 dimensions as follows: (a) patient room setting and design, (b) hospital equipment, and (c) manpower concerns.
Division of Nursing Business and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Tzeng); and Department of History, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan (Mr Yin).
Corresponding Author: Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, Division of Nursing Business and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, 400 North Ingalls, Room 4156, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Accepted for publication: September 23, 2007