Journal article

Psychiatric disorders, psychotropic medication use and falls among women: an observational study

Lana J Williams, Julie A Pasco, Amanda L Stuart, Felice N Jacka, Sharon L Brennan, Amelia G Dobbins, Risto Honkanen, Heli Koivumaa-Honkanen, Paivi H Rauma, Michael Berk

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Psychotropic agents known to cause sedation are associated with an increased risk of falls, but the role of psychiatric illness as an independent risk factor for falls is not clear. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the association between psychiatric disorders, psychotropic medication use and falls risk. METHODS: This study examined data collected from 1062 women aged 20-93 yr (median 50 yr) participating in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study, a large, ongoing, population-based study. Depressive and anxiety disorders for the preceding 12-month period were ascertained by clinical interview. Current medication use and falls history were self-reported. Participants were classified ..

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Grants

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


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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia (project numbers 251638, 509103, 628582) and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. LJW is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1064272), SLB is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (1012472) and MB is supported by a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (1059660). The funding providers played no role in the design or conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.