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Published online 2012 April 17. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-12-50

Table 2

Methods of collecting injurious falls data

Ref.ProspectiveRetrospectiveMedical record
MethodRecordingReporting
Fracture definition
[40]Calendardailynot specified-Radiological
[44]Calendarweeklynot specifiedPostal Questionnaire-
[41]Diaryafter fallevery three weeks-Hospital, Other4
[45]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[42]DiarydailyEvery two monthPhone3Radiological
[43]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2Radiological
AIS definition
[46]not specifieddailyafter fall-Hospital
[47]----Hospital
[48]DiarydailymonthlyPhone3-
FICSIT definition
[56]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[57]CalendardailymonthlyPhone3Hospital, Other4
[58]----Hospital, Radiological, Other4
[59]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
Campbell et al. Definition
[36]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2Hospital
[60]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2Hospital
[38]CalendardailymonthlyPhone2Other4
[37]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[61]CalendardailymonthlyPhone2Hospital, Other4
[39]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
Health care use definition
[71]----Hospital, Other
[70]DiarydailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[72]CalendarweeklymonthlyPhone1,2-
[73]CalendardailymonthlyPhone3-
[74]---Phone3-
[75]DiarydailyAfter 3,6 and twelve monthPhone3-
[76]DiarydailymonthlyPhone3Hospital
Other definitions
[50]---Phone1, Postal Questionnaire-
[49]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[51]PostcardweeklymonthlyPhone1-
[52]----Hospital, Radiological, Other4
[53]Diarydailymonthly--
[54]CalendardailymonthlyPhone1,2-
[55]CalendardailymonthlyPhone3-
[62]DiarydailymonthlyPhone2,3-
[63]Calendardailymonthly-Radiological
[64]Calendar, Postcarddailyevery three month, after fallPhone2, 3-
[65]---Phone3Hospital, Other4
[66]Calendardailyevery three month-Hospital, Other4
[67]Diarydailyevery two weeksPhone1-
[68]Calendardailymonthly--
[69]Postcard-monthlyPhone1-
Method applied in n (%5)of studies:Calendar:
n = 22 (54%)
Postcard:
n = 3 (7%)
Diary:
n = 9 (22%)
not specified:
n = 1 (2%)
not applied (-):
n = 7 (17%)
daily:
n = 29 (71%)
weekly:
n = 3 (7%)
after fall:
n = 1 (2%)
not applied (-): n = 8 (20%)
weekly:
n = 2 (5%)
monthly:
n = 29 (71%)
after fall:
n = 2 (5%)
not specified:
n = 2 (5%)
not applied (-): n = 7 (17%)
Phone: n = 29 (71%)
Postal Questionnaire: n = 2 (5%)
not applied(-): n = 11 (27%)
Radiological:
n = 6 (15%)
Hospital:
n = 13 (32%)
Other:
n = 9 (22%)
not applied (-):
n = 23(56%)

Given are the methods of collecting injurious falls data in the articles included in the review. n = number of studies; AIS = Abbreviated Injury Scale; FICSIT = Frailty and Injuries: Cooperative Studies of Intervention Techniques

1if calendar, diary, or postcard not returned; 2following occurrence of a fall; 3regular phone call; 4records from nursing homes, physicians or emergency departments; 5calculation of percentages: number of articles used a specific method/total number of articles * 100, percentages may sum up to more than 100 percent as some studies used multiple methods