Prevalence of falls in elderly in Brazil: a countrywide analysis.

  title={Prevalence of falls in elderly in Brazil: a countrywide analysis.},
  author={Fernando Siqueira and Luiz Augusto Facchini and Denise Silva da Silveira and Roberto Xavier Piccini and Elaine Tomasi and Elaine Thum{\'e} and Suele Manjourany Silva and Alit{\'e}ia Santiago Dil{\'e}lio},
  journal={Cadernos de saude publica},
  volume={27 9},
We conducted a cross-sectional study of a sample of 6,616 elderly living in urban areas of 100 municipalities in 23 Brazilian states, who responded to questions on the occurrence of falls in the 12 months prior to the interview, and occurrence of fractures due to the falls. The prevalence of falls among the elderly was 27.6% (95%CI: 26.5-28.7). Among those reporting falls, 11% had suffered fractures as a result. Of the elderly, 36% had received guidance about the precautions necessary to… CONTINUE READING