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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics

From: Chronic disease and falls in community-dwelling Canadians over 65 years old: a population-based study exploring associations with number and pattern of chronic conditions

Variable Total Sample (weighted %) Fallers (weighted %) Non-fallers (weighted %) Rao-Scott X2(weighted & boot-strapped) P Fallers 95% CI for proportion Non-fallers 95% CI for proportion
Age (years)     63.4 <0.0001   
 65-74 55.2 47.3 57.1    44.9-49.7 56.5-57.7
 75-84 33.6 37.4 32.7    35.3-39.5 32.2-33.2
 85+ 11.2 15.3 10.2    14.0-16.7 9.9-10.5
Sex     28.2 <0.0001   
 Male 45.1 38.8 46.7    36.5-41.1 46.1-47.3
 Female 54.9 61.2 53.3    58.9-63.5 52.7-53.9
Married     41.2 <0.0001   
 Yes 63.4 56.1 65.2    53.5-58.7 64.0-66.3
 No 36.0 43.9 34.8    41.3-46.4 33.7-36.0
Living arrangement     24.4 <0.0001   
 Alone 29.3 34.5 28.0    32.1-36.9 26.8-29.2
 With others 64.8 60.4 65.9    57.9-62.8 64.7-67.1
 Other 5.9 5.1 6.1    3.9-6.4 5.25-7.01
Geographic setting     0.04 0.84   
 Urban 78.5 78.3 78.6    75.3-81.4 76.4-80.8
 Rural 21.5 21.7 21.4    18.6-24.7 19.2-23.6
Mobility     258.7 <0.0001   
 Walks independently 87.5 76.1 90.3    74.2-78.1 89.6-91.1
 Walks with aid or support 11.7 22.3 9.1    20.4-24.3 8.4-9.9
 Cannot walk 0.7 1.5 0.5    0.9-2.1 0.4-0.7
ADL impairment     238.4 <0.0001   
 None 77.4 63.6 80.8    61.2-66.1 79.7-81.8
 Mild/Moderate 20.1 30.9 17.4    28.5-33.3 16.4-18.4
 Severe/Total 2.6 5.5 1.8    4.4-6.6 1.5-2.6
Medication use     106.1 <0.0001   
 >4 85.0 76.5 87.1    74.5-78.6 86.1-88.0
 <=4 15.0 23.5 12.9    21.5-25.5 12.0-13.7
Fear of falling     188.3 <0.0001   
 Yes 33.6 49.6 29.7    46.9-52.2 28.4-31.0
 No 66.4 50.4 70.3    47.7-53.1 69.0-71.6
Psychotropic medications     75.2 <0.0001   
 Yes 19.4 27.6 17.4    25.3-29.9 16.4-18.4
 No 80.6 72.4 82.6    70.1-74.7 81.6-83.6
Vitamin D supplementation   42 38 7.8 0.0052   
 Yes 39.4 .8 .6    40.1-45.5 37.4-39.9
 No 60.6 57.2 61.4    54.5-59.9 60.1-62.6
  1. ADL = Activities of daily living.