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  1. Corley, Donna PhD, RN, CNE
  2. Brockopp, Dorothy PhD, RN
  3. McCowan, Denise MSN, RN
  4. Merritt, Sharon BSN, RN
  5. Cobb, Teresa ADN, RN
  6. Johnson, Brenda MSN, RN
  7. Stout, Cheryl MSN, RN, CENP
  8. Moe, Krista PhD
  9. Hall, Brittany AASB


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.