A Study to Evaluate The Role of Physical and Occupational Therapy Home Evaluations and Fall Incidence Post Discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility


About this study

The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of home evaluations following inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) discharge in reducing falls as compared to patients who were discharged home that did not complete a home evaluation.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 65+ years old.
  • Increased fall risk as determined by one of the following:
    • Diagnosis/Condition: Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Incomplete spinal cord injury, Amputation, Cognitive Impairment; or
    • Scoring on standardized outcome measure indicative of increased fall risk: Berg balance scale (< 50 points), Timed Up and Go(>11 seconds), Self-selected walking speed (<1.0 m/s), Montreal Cognitive Assessment  (<26) ((Lusardi et al. 2017, Shumway-Cook et al. 1997, Liu-Ambrose et al. 2008).

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Age < 65 years old.
  • Patients discharged to skilled nursing facility, long-term acute care hospital, or any form of acute/subacute hospital/medical setting.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Erin Van Buren, P.T., D.P.T., GCS

Contact us for the latest status

Contact information:

Erin Van Buren P.T., D.P.T., GCS

(480) 342-1869


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