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Table 1 Characteristics of fragility fracture patients stratified by outcome (screened at high falls risk)

From: Factors associated with screening positive for high falls risk in fragility fracture patients: a cross-sectional study

Variable Total, n (%) Screened at high falls risk
Yes, n (%)
n = 9735
No, n (%)
n = 12,089
Age, years
 50–64 8112 (37.1) 2650 (27.2) 5455 (45.1)
 65–79 8191 (37.5) 3523 (36.2) 4651 (38.5)
 80+ 5566 (25.5) 3562 (36.6) 1983 (16.4)
Sex
 Male 3663 (16.8) 1626 (16.7) 2030 (16.8)
 Female 18,205 (83.3) 8109 (83.3) 10,058 (83.2)
Fracture location
 Hip 2838 (13.0) 1761 (18.1) 1064 (8.8)
 Shoulder 3419 (15.6) 1614 (16.6) 1801 (14.9)
 Wrist 8227 (37.6) 3077 (31.6) 5134 (42.5)
 Ankle 3101 (14.2) 1204 (12.4) 1893 (15.7)
 Other 4284 (19.6) 2079 (21.4) 2197 (18.2)
Living arrangement
 Alone in house or apartment 5591 (25.6) 2636 (27.1) 2951 (24.4)
 With spouse, family member or roommate 14,059 (64.3) 5584 (57.4) 8453 (69.9)
 Non-community dwelling 1486 (6.8) 1221 (12.5) 252 (2.1)
 Missing, don’t know, refused 733 (3.4) 294 (3.0) 433 (3.6)
Alcohol use (more than 3/day)
 Yes 782 (3.6) 319 (3.3) 460 (3.8)
 No 20,962 (95.9) 9355 (96.1) 11,565 (95.7)
 Missing, don’t know, refused 125 (0.6) 61 (0.6) 64 (0.5)
Broke other bone since age 40 from a simple trip and fall
 Yes 6215 (28.4) 3625 (37.2) 2579 (21.3)
 No 15,471 (70.7) 5982 (61.5) 9460 (78.3)
 Missing, don’t know, refused 183 (0.8) 128 (1.3) 50 (0.4)
Taking Vitamin D supplements
 Yes 14,538 (66.5) 6555 (67.3) 7957 (65.8)
 No 6903 (31.6) 2888 (29.7) 4003 (33.1)
 Missing, don’t know, refused 428 (2.0) 292 (3.0) 129 (1.1)
Impairment or barrier
 Mental or physical 1301 (6.0) 1049 (10.8) 243 (2.0)
 Language or other 1436 (6.6) 671 (6.9) 757 (6.3)
 None 19,132 (87.5) 8015 (82.3) 11,089 (91.7)
Low body weight (<  60 kg)
 Yes 5166 (23.6) 2414 (24.8) 2746 (22.7)
 No 12,505 (57.2) 5384 (55.3) 7106 (58.8)
 Missing 4198 (19.2) 1937 (19.9) 2237 (18.5)
Chronic disease burdena
 3 or more conditions 4843 (22.2) 2919 (30.0) 1918 (15.9)
 2 conditions 4258 (19.5) 2134 (21.9) 2117 (17.5)
 1 condition 5329 (24.4) 2158 (22.2) 3161 (26.2)
 No condition 5514 (25.2) 1538 (15.8) 3966 (32.8)
 Missing 1925 (8.8) 986 (10.1) 927 (7.7)
Count of current medicationsa
 4 or more 1019 (4.7) 686 (7.1) 332 (2.8)
 3 2379 (10.9) 1375 (14.1) 1000 (8.3)
 2 3874 (17.7) 1973 (20.3) 1896 (15.7)
 1 5384 (24.6) 2371 (24.4) 3003 (24.8)
 0 7122 (32.6) 2270 (23.3) 4829 (40.0)
 Missing, don’t know, refused 2091 (9.6) 1060 (10.9) 1019 (8.4)
  1. a For all chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, and cholesterol