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Journal for Nurses in Professional Development:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000061
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Testing the Effects of a Pharmaceutical Program on Fall Rates in Older Adults

Zanetos, Joanne Marie DNP, MSN, RN; Lux, Kathleen Mary PhD, RN, ANPD, CHES; Richardson, Luann G. PhD, CRNP

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Abstract

A pretest-posttest no control group design was used to test knowledge on fall incidence in residents of a rehabilitation center. Twenty-six staff nurses were educated on fundamental geriatric pharmacology. Results of a two-tailed t test showed a significant increase in posttest scores (t test(50) = 3.53, p = .003). Retrospective fall and medication data collected over 2 months in 2011 and 2 months in 2012 were compared. The incidence of falls decreased (44.7%) with total number of residents falling (30.7%) post intervention in 2012. Staff nurses need to have continuing pharmaceutical education and medication management classes about the elderly.

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