The challenge of predicting patients at risk for falling: development of the Conley Scale

Medsurg Nurs. 1999 Dec;8(6):348-54.


Patient falls are an elusive clinical problem. The purpose of this project was to develop and evaluate a fall risk assessment scale for use in an acutely ill population. The Conley Scale demonstrates acceptable reliability, validity, sensitivity, and specificity, is quick and easy to use.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data*
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Assessment / methods*
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sensitivity and Specificity