Journal article

Validity of 12-Month Falls Recall in Community-Dwelling Older Women Participating in a Clinical Trial

Kerrie M Sanders, Amanda L Stuart, David Scott, Mark A Kotowicz, Geoff C Nicholson

International Journal of Endocrinology | HINDAWI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Objectives. To compare 12-month falls recall with falls reported prospectively on daily falls calendars in a clinical trial of women aged ≥70 years. Methods. 2,096 community-dwelling women at high risk of falls and/or fracture completed a daily falls calendar and standardised interviews when falls were recorded, for 12 months. Data were compared to a 12-month falls recall question that categorised falls status as "no falls," "a few times," "several," and "regular" falls. Results. 898 (43%) participants reported a fall on daily falls calendars of whom 692 (77%) recalled fall(s) at 12 months. Participants who did not recall a fall were older (median 79.3 years versus 77.8 years, P = 0.028). Sm..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian agencies of the National Health and Medical Research Committee and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. This research is wholly funded through government funding agencies of medical research and the paper is without bias in the presentation of results.