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Parkinson’s Disease
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 432924, 8 pages
Research Article

Recurrent Falls in People with Parkinson’s Disease without Cognitive Impairment: Focusing on Modifiable Risk Factors

1Movement Disorders Clinic, Bahia State Health Attention Center for the Elderly, Avenida ACM, s/n, Ed. José Maria de Magalhães Netto, Iguatemi, 41820-000 Salvador, BA, Brazil
2Post-Graduate Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of Bahia, Largo do Terreiro de Jesus, s/n, Centro Histórico, 40025-010 Salvador, BA, Brazil

Received 6 July 2014; Revised 21 October 2014; Accepted 4 November 2014; Published 23 November 2014

Academic Editor: Francisco Grandas

Copyright © 2014 Lorena R. S. Almeida et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Falls can be considered a disabling feature in Parkinson’s disease. We aimed to identify risk factors for falling, testing simultaneously the ability of disease-specific and balance-related measures. We evaluated 171 patients, collecting demographic and clinical data, including standardized assessments with the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), activities of daily living (ADL) and motor sections, modified Hoehn and Yahr Scale, Schwab and England, eight-item Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire, Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale, Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I), Berg Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index, Functional Reach, and Timed Up and Go. ROC curves were constructed to determine the cutoff scores for all measures. Variables with entered a logistic regression model. The prevalence of recurrent falls was 30% (95% CI 24%–38%). In multivariate analysis, independent risk factors for recurrent falls were () levodopa equivalent dose (OR = 1.283 per 100 mg increase; 95% CI = 1.092–1.507), UPDRS-ADL > 16 points (OR = 10.0; 95% CI = 3.6–28.3), FES-I > 30 points (OR = 6.0; 95% CI = 1.6–22.6), and Berg ≤ 48 points (OR = 3.9; 95% CI = 1.2–12.7).We encourage the utilization of these modifiable risk factors in the screening of fall risk.