Odense Fallers and Osteoporosis Study (OFOS)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 17, 2012
Last Update Posted : December 8, 2014
Odense University Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Katja Thomsen, University of Southern Denmark

Brief Summary:
Osteoporosis and falls occur with increasing frequency among the elderly. Osteoporosis and fall increases the risk of fracture. Falls in the elderly are associated with a high morbidity and mortality with potentially life-threatening consequences of falls including fractures. Besides fracture fall may cause long term problems such as disability fear of falling and loss of independence. Today osteoporosis is diagnosed by bone scan of the hip and spine. The investigators want to investigate whether other more accessible and less expensive testing methods can be used to diagnose osteoporosis. Additionally, the investigators will examine the incidence of osteoporosis among the elderly in the municipality of Odense. Finally, the investigators would like to investigate the association between factors that can lead to falls and to investigate the performance of older and whether there are changes in functional ability over time.

Condition or disease
Accidental Falls Osteoporosis Disability

Detailed Description:

Study Objectives

  1. To define the prevalence of osteoporosis in a falls clinic population, and compare it with two aged matched control groups - fallers not attending the falls clinic and non-fallers.
  2. To evaluate the usefulness of peripheral bone scanning techniques in a falls clinic population.
  3. To determine the prevalence of vertebral fractures in a falls clinic population and compare it with two aged matched control groups - fallers not attending the falls clinic and non-fallers
  4. To investigate functioning, disability, health related quality of life and perceived need for rehabilitation in a falls clinic population including variation in a one year period, and compare it with two aged matched control groups - fallers not attending the falls clinic and non-fallers.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 322 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Odense Fallers and Osteoporosis Study
Study Start Date : May 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2014

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MedlinePlus related topics: Falls Osteoporosis

fall clinic population
women, aged + 65 years
control fallers
randomly selected community aged matched female controls with a fall episode
control non fallers
randomly selected community aged matched female controls, with out fall episodes

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Bone mineral density using DXA of hip and spine regions (Hologic machine) [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  2. Prevalence of vertebral fractures using instant vertebral assessment mode (IVA) of the DXA machine (Hologic machine) [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  3. Bone mineral density of the phalanges using radiographic absorptiometry (Alara Metriscan machine) [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  4. Broad band ultrasound attenuation of the heel using the heel ultrasound machine (Lunar Achilles machine) [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  5. Fall incidences [ Time Frame: one year ]
  6. Mental health state [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Meausered by Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)

  7. Health related quality of life [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Self Reporting Questionnaire will be used

  8. Perceived need [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Self Reporting Questionnaire

  9. Basis mobility [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Time up and go, Chair stand, Bergs balance scale, Avlunds scale, gait speed and dual-task will be used

  10. Fear of falling [ Time Frame: One year ]
    The Falls Efficacy scale - international will be used

  11. Muscle strength in upper and lower extremities [ Time Frame: One year ]
    A dynamometer will be used

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Consecutive patients attending the Odense University hospital falls clinic will be recruited to the study Two control groups will be recruited. A questionnaire will be sent to randomly selected community aged matched female controls.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women aged 65 years or over attending the falls clinic

    *(There will be no upper age limit to recruitment).

  • Those capable of giving Informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients under the age of 65 years.
  • Men.
  • Patients unwilling to give informed consent.
  • Cognitively impaired people who are not capable of giving consent.
  • Patients who are not mobile enough to be helped onto a DXA scan table with help

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01600547

Odense University Hospital Geriatric department
Odense C, Denmark, 5000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern Denmark
Odense University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Katja Thomsen, MD University of Southern Denmark
Principal Investigator: Lisbeth Rosenbek Minet, ph.d. Odense University Hospital

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Katja Thomsen, ph.d.student, University of Southern Denmark Identifier: NCT01600547     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: s20110162
First Posted: May 17, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 8, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Metabolic Diseases