OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Baptist Health High Risk Falls Assessment (BHHRFA).
BACKGROUND: The cost of falls and the potential for increased patient morbidity and mortality necessitate the development of a psychometrically sound assessment.
METHODS: Based on pilot data, a multisite study was conducted. Assessments were collected on 21 medical-surgical units, 1 rehabilitation unit, 1 psychiatric unit, and 3 critical care units (N = 241599). Sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic odds ratios (DORs) were calculated. Clinical usefulness in terms of assessment performance time was addressed.
RESULTS: Psychometric properties were within a desirable range for each site, critical care patients, and all participants (sensitivity, 0.64-1.00; specificity, 0.50-0.70; and DOR, 4.73-7.0). Although sensitivity at 1 site was high (0.84), specificity was low (0.37).
CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that the BHHRFA is clinically useful for adult inpatients across acute care settings.