What factors contribute to falls-related distal radius fracture?
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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© 2019 Human Kinetics, Inc. Objective: This mixed methods study analyzed the factors that led to a fall in a cohort of patients with distal radius fracture (DRF). Methods: A sample of 1,453 patients (430 men; 1,023 women; age range: 18–89 years) supplemented by new interview data from 29 patients (19 women) were examined. Chi-square and descriptive analysis of quantitative data and descriptive thematic analysis of qualitative data were compared to determine data convergence and divergence. Results: A higher number of DRF were observed in the 45- to 64-year-old group (44%), employed people (48%), in winter months (41%), and in low-energy fractures (75%). Themes emerged from qualitative data on the cause of the fracture, including environmental factors, behavioral factors, physical factors, and sports activities. Conclusion: Reasons for DRF are multifactorial. Preventive strategies with an emphasis on environmental and behavioral factor modifications are likely to decrease the number of DRF.