Morse Fall Scale

Purpose:
Identify individuals at risk for falls.

Validation:
In the original study (Morse 1989) sensitivity was 78% and specificity 83%

In a validation study (Eagle 1999) the Morse Fall Scale had a sensitivity of 72% and a specificity of 51%.

References:
Morse, J. M., Morse, R., & Tylko, S. (1989). Development of a scale to identify the fall-prone patient. Canadian Journal on Aging, 8, 366-377.

Eagle, J., Salamara, S., Whitman, D., Evans, L.A., Ho, E., & Olde, J. (1999).
Comparison of three instruments in predicting accidental falls in selected inpatients in a general teaching hospital. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(7), 40-45.

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