Journal article

Anxiety disorders and falls among older adults

KL Holloway, LJ Williams, SL Brennan-Olsen, AG Morse, MA Kotowicz, GC Nicholson, JA Pasco



BACKGROUND: Falls are common among older adults and can lead to serious injuries, including fractures. We aimed to determine associations between anxiety disorders and falls in older adults. METHODS: Participants were 487 men and 376 women aged ≥60 years enrolled in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study, Australia. Using the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Non-patient edition (SCID-I/NP), lifetime history of anxiety disorders was determined. Falls were determined by self-report. In men, a falls-risk score (Elderly Falls Screening Test (EFST)) was also calculated. RESULTS: Among fallers, 24 of 299 (8.0%) had a lifetime history ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (Project 628582), the Geelong Regional Medical Foundation, Arthritis Foundation of Australia, and Perpetual Trustees. The funding bodies played no part in the design or conduct of the study, the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data nor in the preparation or review of the manuscript. SLB-O is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1107510). LJW is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1064272) and KLH is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.