Does removing the FRAT risk status impact falls prevention: A stepped wedge cluster randomised control trial.
The risk factors for patient falls are multifactorial and include intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. Falls risk screening tools (such as FRAT) have been promoted for use in inpatient settings, to identify patients at risk of falls. Numerous falls risk assessment tools have been developed, with varying degrees of sensitivity and specificity. In this study a trial is being conducted across 19 wards to determine if using clinical judgement in addition to a screening questions results in a more comprehensive risk assessment and plan.