Patient falls are the most common adverse event reported in acute-care settings, affecting 2% to 10% of annual hospital admissions (Hendrich, Nyhuis, Kippenbrock, & Soja, 1995). Patient falls in healthcare settings cause increased morbidity and mortality, longer stays and have significant cost impacts. CHD's Research Coalition awarded funds to Margaret Calkins, Ph.D. of Ideas Institute, to study the differential role that hospital environments play in patient falls. This project will generate practical information about building design and materials that impact falls and injuries from falls that occur in healthcare settings. Read the full published report here.