Generalizability and Spread of an Evidenced-based Fall Prevention Toolkit: Fall TIPS

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Mass General Brigham




Patient Fall

Study type


Funder types

Other U.S. Federal agency



Details and patient eligibility


The goal of our project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Fall TIPS program with regard to inpatient falls and fall-related injuries.

Full description

This study will explore the effectiveness of the Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) program in regard to inpatient falls and fall-related injuries in three large hospital systems with different Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). We will collect and evaluate data on the perceived effectiveness of the Fall TIPS implementation process along with stakeholders' views of the toolkit. We will use an interrupted time series approach for evaluation of pre and post-Fall TIPS data related to patient falls and injurious falls. We will systematically analyze the costs and benefits of the Fall TIPS program from two perspectives: (1) the hospital, and (2) society as a whole. The hospital perspective will assist other hospitals in evaluating the decision to invest in implementing and adopting the Fall TIPS program, while the societal perspective will be instructive from a public policy stance By the end of the study, we will produce a set of recommendations to facilitate adoption, implementation, and maintenance of the Fall TIPS program, along with a manuscript that will answer the following research questions: Does Fall TIPS reduce the incidence of falls and injurious falls? Were there differences in Fall TIPS effectiveness among different healthcare systems and hospitals as well as variations associated with differing patient characteristics (gender, age, ethnic/racial), EMRs, and degrees of adherence with the Fall TIPS protocol? Do the benefits associated with Fall TIPS outweigh the costs from hospital and societal perspectives? What Fall TIPS components were most/least useful and what recommendations will improve the overall utility and ease of use of the Fall TIPS Toolkit? What aspects of the implementation model were most/least helpful for promoting Fall TIPS adoption and use?


37,231 patients




18 to 110 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • All adult patients admitted to medical, surgical, neurology and oncology units at participating hospitals during the time of the study

Exclusion criteria

  • Anyone who does not meet the inclusion criteria

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