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Falls, chronic diseases, and drug use in elderly women

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1288

Authors' reply

  1. Debbie A Lawlor, senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health medicine (,
  2. Rita Patel, project co-ordinator, British women's heart and health study,
  3. Shah Ebrahim, professor in epidemiology of ageing
  1. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR–We agree with Epstein that our study was unable to determine whether the participants had been appropriately prescribed cardiovascular drugs. This was not the aim of the study. He says that we may have underestimated the effect of cardiovascular drugs on the risk of falling because doctors may not prescribe these drugs to patients at greatest risk of falling, implying that our estimate of no effect on falls of cardiovascular drugs represents reduced …

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