The Association of Nocturia with Incident Falls in an Elderly Community-Dwelling Cohort Open Access

Vaughan, Camille (2009)

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The Association of Nocturia with Incident Falls in an Elderly Community-Dwelling Cohort
By Elizabeth Camille Pedigo Vaughan
Introduction: Nocturia, waking at night to void, increases in prevalence with increasing age. In a
cross-sectional study of older community-dwelling adults, nocturia was associated with a nearly
two-fold increased risk of falling. No longitudinal, population-based studies examining the
relationship of nocturia to falls have been reported. Methods: The University of Alabama at
Birmingham Study of Aging is a prospective cohort study of 1000 community-dwelling older
adults to examine risk factors for impaired mobility. Subjects were recruited from a stratified,
random sample of Medicare beneficiaries to include equal numbers of black women, black men,
white women and white men. Nocturia was assessed at baseline and falls were assessed at
baseline and every 6 months. Data were obtained with the questions: 'How many times do you
usually get up at night to urinate?' and 'In the past year/6 months have you fallen?' The analysis
in this study was limited to those reporting no fall in the 12 months prior to baseline. Results:
692 individuals (mean age 74.5±6.2, 48% female, 52% black) did not fall in the 12 months prior
to baseline. Of these, 214 reported at least one fall during 3 years of follow-up. Fallers and non-
fallers did not differ in the diagnoses of hypertension, stroke, or orthostatic hypotension. Fallers
were more likely diabetic, but diabetes was not a risk factor for falls in the final model. In
unadjusted analysis, 3 nightly episodes of nocturia was associated with incident falls (RR=1.27,
95% CI (1.01-1.60)). After logistic regression controlling for age, gender, race, and gait speed,
3 episodes of nocturia was associated with an increased risk of falling (RR=1.26,(1.01-1.59)).
Discussion: In a racially diverse, community-based sample of older adults who had not fallen in
the past year, nocturia 3 times a night was associated in multivariable analysis with a 25%
increased risk of an incident fall within 3 years. Controlling for gait speed-a marker of impaired
mobility previously associated with accidental falls-had little impact on the effect size. While this
study has several advantages over previous reports (longitudinal follow-up, performance-based
measures of function, population-based sampling), causality cannot be ascertained.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1-2

Background 3-5

Methods 6-9

Results 10-11

Discussion 12-14

References 15-16

Table 1: Baseline characteristics 17

Figure 1: Nocturia variable frequency chart 18

Table 2: Relative risk of increasing frequency of nocturia 19

Table 3: Univariate association of variables and falls 20

Table 4: Results of logistic regression 21

Table 5: Results of logistic regression - final model 22

Table 6: Assessment of interaction 23

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