Ethnicity and culture: is it associated with falls?
Diana Anissian,1 Amin Zarghami2
1Student Research Center, 2Department of Neurology, Ayatollah Rohani Hospital, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran
We read with great interest in the last issue of Clinical Interventions in Aging the article by Vieira et al, who studied the factors associated with falls among different ethnic groups in community-dwelling older adults and revealed that Afro-Caribbeans had a lower prevalence of falls and that several associations were stronger among this ethnic group.1 On the other hand, those associated factors, including taking medications for anxiety, having incontinence, and age above 75 years, do not seem to be ethnicity-related exclusively, but rather are more attributable to the general population’s lifestyle. Also, they did not discuss the role of ethnicity in falls and differences between ethnic groups.
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