- Having moderate-to-severe pain and taking drugs tied to increased fall risk are associated with a significantly greater likelihood of recurrent falls in patients ages 65-79 years.
- This risk was not seen in those age ≥80 years, even after controlling for impaired balance, muscle weakness, and depression.
Why this matters
- Up to 75% of older people report pain, which is a potentially modifiable factor for falls prevention in this population.
- Prospective cohort study (n=630).
- "Older" group: age 65-79 years, n=207.
- "Oldest" group: ≥80 years, n=423.
- The recruitment and follow-up periods of the cohort were during the years 2007-2009.
- Funding: European Commission.
- Pain was reported by 114 (51.35%) older and 286 (52%) oldest participants.
- During follow-up, 6.93% of the older group and 12.06% of the oldest group reported ≥2 falls.
- In the older group, pain was associated with recurrent falls: OR, 1.47 (P=.017).
- Participants with the most severe pain (face pain scale, 6) vs those without pain had increased falls risk: OR, 10.16.
- In the oldest group, the pain was not associated with recurrent falls.
- Observational study.
Coauthored with Chitra Ravi, MPharm