Risk factors for falls in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective study

Emma Stanmore, Jackie Oldham, Dawn Skelton, Terence O'Neill, Mark Pilling, A John Campbell, Chris Todd

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Abstract

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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251–1258
Number of pages8
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Volume65
Issue number8
Early online date14 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Keywords

  • falls
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • risk factors

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    Stanmore, E., Oldham, J., Skelton, D., O'Neill, T., Pilling, M., Campbell, A. J., & Todd, C. (2013). Risk factors for falls in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective study. Arthritis Care and Research , 65(8), 1251–1258. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.21987