Kario et al identified risk factors associated with falls for elderly patients dwelling in the community. These can help to identify a patient who may benefit from interventions to reduce falls. The authors are from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, and the University of Connecticut.


Patient selection: age >= 65 years and community dwelling


Risk factors for falls during the next year:

(1) female gender

(2) history of falls in the past

(3) standing systolic blood pressure < 140 mm Hg



• In Table 6 the number of comorbid conditions had an odds ratio of 1.1 for Model 2. The cumulative odds ratio for 7 out of the 10 comorbid conditions was 1.95.

• The number of falls tended to be higher for patients 65 to 74 years of age, possibly because of greater mobility.


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