Dr. Ron Shorr Receives NIH-NIA R56 Grant to Study Fall Prevention in Hospitals

Professor in Epidemiology Ron I. Shorr, MD, MS, recently received an R56 grant from the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA). An R56 grant is a high-priority, short-term grant awarded to projects with exceptionally high impact ratings. Each year, roughly one million patient falls occur in U.S. hospitals resulting in over 250,000 injuries and 11,000 deaths. Dr. Shorr’s research will identify patient- and organization-level approaches to fall prevention employed in hospitals with the goal of ascertaining which traditional or innovative approaches are most effective in reducing falls. Dr. Shorr, who also recently published in JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports a paper entitled “Effectiveness of falls prevention interventions for older adults newly discharged from hospital: a systematic review protocol,” will be funded by this R56 through August 2017.