Does depression predict falls among home health patients? Using a clinical-research partnership to improve the quality of geriatric care.
This study found that patients with depressed mood or anhedonia identified on the OASIS were nearly three times more likely to fall. The authors describe the ways these findings are being used in a fall prevention program. The clinical-research partnership used in the study was found to help agencies develop clinically driven research, analyze clinical and administrative data for quality improvement, and provide a foundation for research consultation/collaboration in applied settings.