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The aim of this project was to analyze current fall prevention strategies, work and environmental-related barriers, and OT’s role in fall prevention in a hospital setting. Two online surveys consisting of quantitative questions (multiple-choice, select-all-that-apply, and Likert scale) with the option for open-ended answers were given to OT practitioners and nurses with inpatient experience. A total of 341 OT practitioners and 21 nurses completed the survey. The results were transferred to a password-protected Microsoft Excel document in preparation for analysis. Data analysis derived several themes including lack of resources, lack of training, inter-professional collaboration, workload, work culture, cognitive and physical deficits, and OT's involvement with fall prevention. An informative handout was created to educate nurses, OT practitioners, and hospital managers on the collected survey data and current fall prevention strategies used in a hospital setting.

Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Accidental Falls, Inpatients, Hospitals, Health Personnel, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Surveys and Questionnaires


Nursing | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 9-10, 2021.

Understanding OT’s Role in Fall Prevention and Analyzing the Perceived Barriers from Nurses and Occupational Therapists in an Inpatient Setting