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Study: Functional Decline after Incident Wrist Fractures

A study in BMJ examined the effect of an incident wrist fracture on functional status in women enrolled in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures.


More than 6,100 women aged 65 years and older without previous wrist or hip fractures were recruited from the community between September 1986 and October 1988. The results showed that over a mean follow-up of 7.6 years, 268 women had an incident wrist fracture and 41 (15%) of these developed clinically important functional decline. Compared with women without wrist fractures, those with incident wrist fractures had greater annual functional decline after adjustment for age, body mass index, and health status. Occurrence of a wrist fracture increased the odds of having a clinically important functional decline by 48% (odds ratio 1.48, 95% confidence interval 1.04 to 2.12), even after adjustment for age, body mass index, health status, and more.


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