Identifying factors associated with falls in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors: A multi-disciplinary approach

Kerri Winters-Stone, Britta Torgrimson, Fay Horak, Alvin Eisner, Lillian Nail, Michael C. Leo, Stephen (Steve) Chui, Shiuh-Wen Luoh

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Abstract

Objective: To identify neuromuscular, balance, and vision factors that contribute to falls in recently treated breast cancer survivors (BCS) and explore links between fall risk factors and cancer treatment. Design Case-control plus prospective observation. Setting Comprehensive cancer center. Participants BCS (N=59; mean age, 58y) within 2 years of chemotherapy completion and/or on adjuvant endocrine therapy. Interventions Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures Objective measures of postural control, vision, and neuromuscular function included: (1) a sensory organization test (SOT), (2) a visual assessment battery, (3) muscle mass by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, and (4) neuromuscular function with strength by repetition maximum, power by timed stair climb, and gait speed by 4m walk. Falls were self-reported for the past year (retrospective) and monthly for 6 months (prospective). Results Fifty eight percent of BCS reported falls in the past year. BCS with a history of falls had lower SOT scores with a vestibular deficit pattern in postural control (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-652
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume92
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
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Muscles
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Walking Speed
Power (Psychology)
Stair Climbing

Keywords

  • Drug therapy
  • Muscle strength
  • Neoplasms
  • Postural balance
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Identifying factors associated with falls in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors : A multi-disciplinary approach. / Winters-Stone, Kerri; Torgrimson, Britta; Horak, Fay; Eisner, Alvin; Nail, Lillian; Leo, Michael C.; Chui, Stephen (Steve); Luoh, Shiuh-Wen.

In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 92, No. 4, 04.2011, p. 646-652.

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