Significant risk factors for frequent falls

What are the most significant risk factors for frequent falls?

  • Frailty.
  • Use of sedatives.
  • Visual impairment.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Lower extremity disability.
  • Obstacles to ambulation in the home.

Pearl: The most predictive factor for a future fall is a previous fall within the past 6 months. Almost all hip fractures occur due to falls. Falls have been shown to predict fractures independently of the FRAX risk score.

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