Risk factors for frequent falls in people with Parkinson's disease

Serene S. Paul*, Natalie E. Allen, Cathie Sherrington, Gillian Heller, Victor S C Fung, Jacqueline C T Close, Stephen R. Lord, Colleen G. Canning

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    Fall frequency varies among individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). We aimed to determine whether risk factors that distinguish PD fallers from non-fallers are influenced by frequent falls. 205 people with PD participated in a 6-month prospective study. Factors in previously published fall risk models were analyzed for their associations with fall rates and frequent fallers. Fall history, freezing and impaired reactive balance were associated with fall rates and the proportion of frequent fallers (p < 0.05). These models were highly accurate in discriminating frequent fallers (area under curve 0.84-0.87). Interventions to manage freezing and reduce balance impairment may reduce fall frequency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)699-703
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Parkinson disease
    • accidental falls
    • postural balance
    • risk factors


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