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Quality of life vs. safety: study highlights risks


A study into injury-related or premature deaths of aged-care residents has found that 80 per cent were from falls. Choking, at 7 per cent, was another common cause.

The research also found that 1.3 per cent were suicides, 0.6 per cent were from complications in clinical care, and 0.5 per cent were caused by residents assaulting residents.

Study lead professor Joseph Ibrahim from Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine said: “There needs to be a debate over whether residents may choose activities that enhance their quality of life but increase the potential of harm or death, particularly from falls or choking.”

He added that there must be balance between protecting residents and enhancing their quality of life.

Ibrahim spoke to Aged Care Insite about the research and this debate.

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