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Patients' Experience After a Fall and Their Perceptions of Fall Prevention: A Qualitative Study

Lim, Mei, Ling, BSc (Nursing), RN; Ang, Seng Giap, Marcus, BSc (Nursing), RN; Teo, Kai, Yunn, BSN, RN; Wee, Yan Hui, Celestine, BSc (Nursing), RN; Yee, Shu, Ping, RN; Lim, Shu, Hui, BSc; Ang, Shin, Yuh, BSc (Nursing), MBA, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000261

An exploratory descriptive study was conducted to explore the perspectives of patients who had fallen in the hospital; 100 patients were interviewed. An inductive content analysis approach was adopted. Six themes emerged: Apathetic toward falls, self-blame behavior, reluctance to impose on busy nurses, negative feelings toward nurses, overestimating own ability, and poor retention of information. Patients often downplayed the risks of falls and were reluctant to call for help.

Nursing Division, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore (Mss Lim, Teo, Wee, Yee, Lim, and Ang); and School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia (Mr Ang).

Correspondence: Mei Ling Lim, BSc (Nursing), RN, Nursing Division (Research), Singapore General Hospital, 31 Third Hospital Ave, Bowyer Block B Level 2, Singapore 168753 (

The authors declare no conflict of interests.

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Accepted for publication: February 16, 2017

Published ahead of print: April 26, 2017

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