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Program Analysis: Dementia Fall Prevention

Kaufman, Zoe (2019) Program Analysis: Dementia Fall Prevention. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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As the sixth biggest killer in the United States and the number one in the United Kingdom, Alzheimer’s is edging its way towards becoming a new public health crisis. Falling, a symptom of dementia, comes with a large financial burden and high medical care utilization. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Jewish Association on Aging has recently opened an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility (ALF). They have seen a concerning number of falls that prompted them to implement a dementia fall reduction program previously implemented on a dementia specific floor of one of their personal care facilities (PCF). The program combines recommendations from the CDC and other elderly fall prevention research. The first full month of implementation at the ALF occurred in December of 2018. Utilizing the PCF data, from January 2016 through January 2019, a regression model provides a slope value of a monthly reduction rate of -1.011875 falls per 1,000 patient days. Taking the ALF average over the first 12 months prior to implementation of 17.61, the program has the potential to reduce that rate to 5.47 falls per 1,000 patient days by December 2019. Through proper implementation of the program the promising result of a tremendous reduction in fall rate can contribute to an increase in the resident’s quality of life.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kaufman, Zoezok6@pitt.eduzok6
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDegenholtz, Howarddegen@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPeddada, Shyamalsdp47@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWinn-Horvitz, Deborahdwhorvitz@jaapgh.orgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 9 April 2019
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, fall prevention, alzheimer's disease
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 19:58
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2019 19:58


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