Does baseline depression increase the risk of unexplained and accidental falls in a cohort of community-dwelling older people? Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

Authors: Briggs R., Kennelly S.P. & Kenny R.A.

Source: Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Aug 2. doi: 10.1002/gps.4770. [Epub ahead of print]

Depression independently increases the risk of falls in older people, but the mechanism for this relationship, as well as the specific falls type involved, remains unclear. Accidental falls (AFs) are due to slips or trips, while the cause of unexplained falls (UFs) is not immediately apparent and can include unrecognised syncope.

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