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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Community-dwelling older adults with balance impairment show a moderate increase in fall risk, although further research is required to refine how balance measurement can be used in clinical practice
  1. Lillemor Lundin-Olsson
  1. Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umea University, Umea, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Lillemor Lundin-Olsson
    Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea, Sweden; lillemor.lundin.olsson{at}

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Falls present the most common cause of injury in old age and pose a serious threat to public health. Not only the physical injuries of falls can be devastating, but also simply the fear of falling can have major implications for quality of life, as well impacting on the level of physical activity, ability and participation in the community. Much research has been done to determine the most important risk factors for falls and fall-related injuries in older people living in residential care settings and in the community. Impaired gait and balance are among the most consistently reported factors that increase the risk of falling; other commonly reported factors include old age, history of falls, impaired vision, medical conditions and use of multiple medications.

Results of the thorough systematic review and meta-analysis by Muir and colleagues confirm that balance impairment is …

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