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Weekly urge urinary incontinence was associated with increased risk for falls and non-spinal fractures in older women

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 QUESTION: In community dwelling older white women, do urge and stress urinary incontinence increase risk for falls and non-spinal fractures?


Cohort study with mean 3 year follow up (Study of Osteoporotic Fractures [SOF]).


4 clinical care centres in Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, USA.


6049 community dwelling, ambulatory white women who were ≥65 years of age (mean age 79 y), attended 5 SOF clinic or home visits, completed a physical examination and self administered questionnaire, provided data on urinary incontinence, and returned ≥1 postcard reporting falls after visit 5.

Assessment of risk factors

Number of live births; hysterectomy status; smoking status; alcohol use; walking; total weekly excursions outside the home; medical history, including hip or knee replacement, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson' or Alzheimer' disease, or arthritis; self reported joint pain; falls …

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  • Source of funding: in part, National Institute on Ageing.

  • For correspondence: Dr J S Brown, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, 2330 Post Street, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA. Fax + 1 415 353 9509.

  • A modified version of this abstract also appears in Evidence-Based Nursing.

  • *Not significant.