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dc.contributor.authorKENNY, ROSEen
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-01T14:18:37Z
dc.date.available2014-12-01T14:18:37Z
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.date.submitted2013en
dc.identifier.citationSheehan, KJ, O'Connell, MDL, Cunningham, C, Crosby, L, Kenny, RA, The relationship between increased body mass index and frailty on falls in community dwelling older adults, BMC GERIATRICS, 13, 2013, 132-en
dc.identifier.otherYen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/72336
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractBackground The global population is becoming older and more overweight. The inter-relationship between frailty and falls is often seen in the older adult and is associated with poor health outcomes. Little is known about this relationship for those with excess body mass. This study aimed to assess the relationships between BMI, frailty and falls. Methods Frailty, body mass index, clinical and demographic characteristics were assessed at baseline for 606 community dwelling adults aged 60 years and older. Falls were assessed prospectively with a semi-structured telephone interview two years later. Results An increase in BMI contributed significantly to the identification of frail (Odds Ratio: 4.4; 95% Confidence Interval: 1.4, 13.6) older adults. A total of 346 falls by 148 participants were reported at follow up. Those with an increased BMI were significantly less likely to have experienced a fall between baseline and follow up assessments (p = 0.03). Despite these opposing trends a BMI greater than or equal to 30.0 kg.m2 did not alter the relationship between falls and frailty for the current cohort. Conclusions This is the first study to assess the falls-frailty relationship for those with an increased BMI. Obesity was found to be protective against falling but not specifically in frail older adults.en
dc.format.extent132en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBMC GERIATRICSen
dc.relation.ispartofseries13en
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectBMIen
dc.subjectFrailtyen
dc.titleThe relationship between increased body mass index and frailty on falls in community dwelling older adultsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/rkennyen
dc.identifier.rssinternalid94750en
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-13-132en
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.subject.TCDThemeAgeingen


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