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Table 2 Characteristics of participants who suffered a fall compared to those who did not - Four weeks post-hospital discharge

From: Falls following discharge after an in-hospital fall

Variable Non-Fallers (n = 46)
N (%)
Subjects who fell (n = 19)
N (%)
P-value (fall)* Person Days Number of falls P-value (rate)†
Age    0.584    0.981
   < 65 24 (52%) 12 (63%)   824 21  
   >= 65 22 (48%) 7 (37%)   674 17  
Gender    0.102    0.033
   Male 23 (50%) 14 (74%)   846 30  
   Female 23 (50%) 5 (26%)   652 8  
Multiple hospitalizations    0.397    0.766
   Yes 19 (41%) 5 (26%)   518 12  
   No 27 (59%) 14 (74%)   980 26  
History of falls prior to admission    0.401    0.148
   Yes 28 (61%) 14 (74%)   1005 31  
   No 18 (39%) 5 (26%)   493 7  
Assistive ambulatory devices at home    0.589    0.087
   Yes 20 (43%) 10 (53%)   676 24  
   No 26 (57%) 9 (47%)   822 14  
Multiple falls during hospital stay    0.056    0.008
   Yes 8 (17%) 8 (42%)   381 19  
   No 38 (83%) 11 (58%)   1117 19  
Injury due to fall during hospital stay    0.159    0.184
   Yes 19 (41%) 4 (21%)   473 7  
   No 27 (59%) 15 (79%)   1025 31  
PT/OT‡ during hospital stay    0.572    0.352
   Yes 30 (65%) 14 (74%)   1047 30  
   No 16 (35%) 5 (26%)   451 8  
Length of stay    0.417    0.107
   < 14 days 26 (57%) 13 (68%)   934 30  
   >= 14 days 20 (43%) 6 (32%)   564 8  
Discharge directly to home    0.389    0.72
   Yes 34 (74%) 12 (63%)   1038 25  
   No 12 (26%) 7 (37%)   460 13  
PT/OT after hospital stay §    0.751    0.208
   Yes 10 (23%) 5 (26%)   413 6  
   No 34 (77%) 14 (74%)   1064 32  
  1. *Chi-square or fisher's exact test.
  2. †Poisson regression.
  3. ‡PT/OT = physical therapy/occupational therapy.
  4. §Missing data with this characteristic: n = 63 subjects with 1477 days of follow up.