Diabetes, arthritis, urinary incontinence, poor self‐rated health, higher body mass index and lower handgrip strength are associated with falls among community‐dwelling middle‐aged and older adults: Pooled analyses from two cross‐sectional Malaysian datasets


Source: Geriatrics and Gerontology International

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Date of publication: Vol. 19 Iss. 8 2019, pps. 798 -803

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The identification of risk factors associated with comorbidities and physical fitness might provide pathways for planning therapeutic targets for future falls prevention. Results from large datasets that examined falls risk factors in Asia have been limited. The aim of the present study was to identify the risk factors for falls by pooling data consisting of medical history, physical performance and self‐rated health from two large Malaysian epidemiological studies.

 Length of publication: 5 pages

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Community falls service produces ‘significant’ improvements in patients


Source: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2016, online

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: A physiotherapist at a west London falls service has ‘significantly improved’ the health of patients, according to four commonly-used clinical outcome measures. The patients were discharged from April to June, and at the end of the programme people had improved their balance by nearly seven points on the Berg Balance Scale. Timed Up and Go, a simple and reliable test of a person’s risk of falls, showed an average improvement of nearly seven seconds across the group.

Length of publication: 1 page