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Self-Reported Falls Can Predict Osteoporotic Fracture Risk

Key clinical point: A simple question on falls experienced in the previous year could help predict a patient’s risk of fracture.

Major finding: Patients who have experienced three or more falls in the previous year have a 2.6-fold higher risk of major osteoporotic fracture.

Study details: Analysis of clinical registry data for 24,943 individuals.

Disclosures: John A. Kanis, MD, reported grants from Amgen, Lily, and Radius Health. Three other coauthors reported nothing to declare for the context of this article, but reported research grants, speaking honoraria, consultancies from a variety of pharmaceutical companies and organizations. The remaining five coauthors declared no conflicts of interest.


Leslie WD et al. Osteoporos Int. 2019 Aug 2. doi: 10.1007/s00198-019-05106-3.