The falls quality and safety markers (QSMs) are inhospital focused and have been in place since 2012–13. The data is reported to the Health Quality & Safety Commission by district health boards (DHBs) on a quarterly basis.
DHBs collect the data by audit of patients aged 75+ (55+ for Māori and Pacific peoples), with the sample size for the process markers being 130 patients per DHB per quarter.
They are used to demonstrate change (improvement) over time.
The falls QSMS are:
- process 1: Percentage of older patients assessed for the risk of falling (target 90 percent)
- process 2: Percentage of older patients assessed as at risk of falling who received an individualised care plan that addresses these risks (target 90 percent)
- outcome: The total number of inhospital falls resulting in a fractured neck of femur.
Quarterly reports and more general information about the QSMs are available on the following page: www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/health-quality-evaluation/projects/quality-and-safety-markers/.