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Falls and depression in men: a population-based study

Stuart, Amanda L., Pasco, Julie A., Jacka, Felice N., Berk, Michael and Williams, Lana J. 2015, Falls and depression in men: a population-based study, American journal of men's health, Early view, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1177/1557988315609111.

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Title Falls and depression in men: a population-based study
Author(s) Stuart, Amanda L.
Pasco, Julie A.ORCID iD for Pasco, Julie A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8968-4714
Jacka, Felice N.ORCID iD for Jacka, Felice N. orcid.org/0000-0002-9825-0328
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael orcid.org/0000-0002-5554-6946
Williams, Lana J.
Journal name American journal of men's health
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2015-10-05
ISSN 1557-9891
Keyword(s) SCID-1/NP
depression
falls
osteoporosis
psychotropic medication
Summary The link between falls and depression has been researched in the elderly; however, little information is available on this association in younger adults, particularly men. This study sought to investigate the link between major depressive disorder (MDD) and falls in a population-based sample of 952 men (24-97 years). MDD was diagnosed utilizing the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR Research Version, Non-Patient edition, and categorized as 12-month/past/never. Body mass index and gait were measured; falls, smoking status, psychotropic medication use, and alcohol intake were self-reported as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study 5-year follow-up assessment. Thirty-four (3.6%) men met criteria for 12-month MDD, and 110 (11.6%) for past MDD. Of the 952 men, 175 (18.4%) reported falling at least once during the past 12 months. Fallers were older (66 [interquartile range: 48-79] vs. 59 [45-72] years, p = .001) and more likely to have uneven gait (n = 16, 10% vs. n = 31, 4%, p = .003) than nonfallers. Participants with 12-month MDD had more than twice the odds of falling (age-adjusted odds ratio: 2.22, 95% confidence interval [1.03, 4.80]). The odds of falling were not associated with past depression (p = .4). Further adjustments for psychotropic drug use, gait, body mass index, smoking status, blood pressure, and alcohol did not explain these associations. Given the 2.2-fold greater likelihood of falling associated with depression was not explained by age or psychotropic drug use, further research is warranted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1557988315609111
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
111702 Aged Health Care
110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920504 Men's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079894

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