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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Because of the physiological changes that occur with the normal aging process, falls tend to have more serious consequences in individuals age 65 and older. The purpose of this systematic review of literature was to analyze studies that addressed the impact of a multifactorial fall risk assessment tool on decreasing falls in the elderly home health patient population following hospitalization. The conceptual model for this project was Roper, Logan, and Tierney’s activity of daily living model. A narrative analysis was used to analyze 16 selected articles from the CINAHL, ProQuest and MEDLINE databases. Results indicated that implementing fall assessment tools across clinical settings can provide education to individuals, their families, and their appointed caregivers to reduce falls that can be detrimental for the elderly population. A multifactorial fall risk assessment can be used not only to assess the risk for falls but also to provide evidence-based education on the prevention of falls. Findings may be used to support the implementation of multifactorial fall assessment tools in reducing the incidence of falls in the elderly community-dwelling population.