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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Treatment for menopausal symptoms and having health insurance were associated with a lower prevalence of falls among Brazilian women|
|Abstract:||Objectives: Brazil has an aging population. This study aims to raise awareness of the prevalence and factors associated with falls among Brazilian women. Study design: Cross-sectional study with 622 women over 50 years of age was conducted between 05/10/11 and 10/31/11 in the city of Campinas/Sao Paulo/Brazil in the form of a population survey. Main outcome measures: The dependent variable was the occurrence of falls in the past 12 months. The independent variables were sociodemographic data, health-related habits and problems, self-perception of health and evaluation of functional capacity. Statistical analysis was carried out by Chi-square test and Poisson regression using the backward selection criteria. Results: The mean age of the women was 64.1 years. The prevalence of falls in the past 12 months was 24.6%. Having trouble keeping balance when walking: PR 1.87(95% CI 1.33-2.63, P<0.001); alcohol consumption: PR 1.69(95% CI 1.25-2.28, P<0.002); having been admitted to a hospital in the last 12 months: PR 1.46(95% CI 1.09-1.96,P=0.012); and having cataract: PR 1.40(95% CI 1.05-1.87,P=0.021) were associated with a higher prevalence of falls. Having health insurance: PR 0.67 (95% CI 0.50-0.89, P=0.007) and using some form of medication to treat menopausal symptoms: PR 0.42 (95% CI 0.19-0.92, P=0.031) were associated with a lower prevalence of falls. Conclusion: Having health insurance and using some form of medication to treat menopausal symptoms were associated with a lower prevalence of falls among Brazilian women. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.|
|Editor:||Elsevier Ireland Ltd|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp|
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