The aim of this study was to investigate the association between potential risk factors and falls in community dwelling adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 386 women and 173 menwith RA, aged 18–88 (n=559) completed baseline. 535 participants (96%) completed 1 year follow-up. Bivariate logistic regression showed that falls risk was not associated with age or gender. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that a history of multiple falls in the previous 12 months was the most significant predictive risk factor (OR=5.3, 95% CI 2.3 to 12.3). The most significant modifiable risk factors were swollen and tender lower limb joints (OR=1.7, 95% CI 1.1 to 2.7), psychotropic medication (OR=1.8, 95% CI 1.1 to 3.1) and fatigue (OR=1.13,95% CI 1.02 to 1.2).
- rheumatoid arthritis
- risk factors