This study used a Department of Veterans Affairs computer database of veterans' healthcare visits to Veterans Health Administration facilities in the Northwest (Veterans Integrated Service Network 20) in fiscal year 2008 to compare how often veterans with and without multiple sclerosis (MS) were injured by falls. We found different results for male and female veterans. Three times more female veterans with MS than without MS sustained an injurious fall. This difference was statistically significant. Only 1.2 times more male veterans with MS than without MS sustained an injurious fall, which was not statistically significant. This study suggests that veterans with MS, and particularly female veterans with MS, have injurious falls more often than veterans without MS. Veterans with MS, and particularly female veterans with MS, may benefit from help to reduce their risk of falling and of being injured by a fall.
Volume 48 Number 1, 2011
Pages 13 — 20
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