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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of study participants

From: Falls following discharge after an in-hospital fall

Characteristic N (%)
Age, mean ± SD*, (range) 62.5 ± 13, (22-97)
Women 28 (43%)
Race/ethnicity  
   African American 49 (75%)
   Caucasian 16 (25%)
Number hospitalizations previous year  
   0 27 (42%)
   1 14 (22%)
   2 10 (15%)
   ≥ 3 14 (22%)
History of falls prior to hospital admission 42 (65%)
Ambulatory assistive device utilized at home prior to hospital admission (e.g. walker, cane, and wheelchair) 30 (46%)
Diagnosis  
   Hypertension 56 (86%)
   Diabetes mellitus 34 (52%)
   CHF 19 (29%)
   Stroke 12 (19%)
   Dementia 7 (11%)
   Parkinson's Disease 1 (1.5%)
Multiple falls during current hospital stay 16 (25%)
Injury due to fall during current hospital stay 23 (35%)
PT/OT received during current hospital stay 44 (68%)
Duration of hospital stay  
   < 7 days 15 (23%)
   7-14 days 25 (38%)
   ≥ 15 days 25 (38%)
Discharged home  
   Immediately 46 (71%)
   After a short term skilled nursing facility/rehab hospital stay 19 (29%)
  1. *SD = standard deviation.
  2. †PT/OT = physical therapy/occupational therapy.