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Characteristics of Hospitalized Cancer Patients Who Fall

Capone, Luann J. MSN, RN, GNP-BC; Albert, Nancy M. PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC; Bena, James F. MS; Morrison, Shannon M. MS

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181d4a1ce

Fall prevention for hospitalized patients is an important nursing quality indicator. Current studies do not describe characteristics of hospitalized patients with cancer who fall, although these patients have been noted to have higher fall and injury rates. This descriptive study represents an initial attempt to identify characteristics of patients hospitalized with cancer who fall compared with adult medical-surgical hospitalized patients who fall. We found that many characteristics of our sample were similar to those of other patients who had experienced a fall during their hospitalization.

Nursing and Medicine Institute (Ms Capone), Nursing Institute (Dr Albert) and Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (Mr Bena and Ms Morrison), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Corresponding Author: Luann J. Capone, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Desk G81-52, Cleveland, OH 44195 (

We thank Grewal Kuljinda, RN; Diana Karius, MSN, RN; Dawn Gubanc-Anderson, MSN, RN; Sandy A. Maag, RN; Patti Akins, RN; Margie S. Hubman, RN, OCN; Cathy Costello, RN; Julie Fetto, RN, MBA, OCN, CHPN; Ellen Slifcak, RN; Jennifer L. Forney, RN; and Connie Serenda.

Accepted for publication: December 13, 2009

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