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Reducing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Mental Health: A 1-Year Multihospital Falls Collaborative

Quigley, Patricia A. PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP; Barnett, Scott D. PhD; Bulat, Tatjana MD; Friedman, Yvonne MS, OTR

doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000437033.67042.63

Despite much research on falls occurring on medical-surgical units and in long-term care settings, falls on inpatient psychiatry units are understudied. On the basis of fall injury program characteristics across multiple inpatient psychiatry units, we developed and implemented an operational strategic plan to address each falls prevention program element and enhance program infrastructure and capacity. Expert faculty provided lectures, coaching, and mentoring through biweekly conference calls and collaborative e-mail exchange. Findings support continued efforts to integrate measures to reduce serious fall-related injuries.

VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (Drs Quigley and Bulat and Ms Friedman) and HSR&D/RR&D Research Center of Excellence (Dr Barnett), James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, Florida.

Correspondence: Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, James A. Haley VA Medical Center, 8900 Grand Oaks Circle, Tampa, FL 33637 (

This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service award #IIR-03-003-1, and the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Veterans Healthcare Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: July 8, 2013.

Published online before print: October 21, 2013

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