Study should have reported more data about associated diseases

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.112 (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:112
  1. Antonio Sgadari, assistant professor,
  2. Giovanni Gambassi (giovanni_gambassi@rm.unicatt.it), associate professor of medicine,
  3. Claudio Pedone, assistant professor,
  4. Graziano Onder, assistant professor
  1. Centro di Medicina dell'Invecchiamento Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Rome, Italy
  2. Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI, USA
  3. Sticht Center on Aging, Wake Forest University Medical School, Winston, Salem, NC, USA

    EDITOR—In reporting their case-control study with 245 incident hip fractures, Pierfitte et al conclude that use of benzodiazepines does not confer any added risk.1 Unusually, plasma benzodiazepine concentrations were measured.

    Fracture is considered to be the result of either an increased tendency to fall or an increased tendency to fracture, or both, so it would have been appropriate to gather information on history of fall. Use of benzodiazepines may lead to hip fracture by increasing the risk of falling and by affecting …

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