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Table 1—

Falls in a cohort of individuals with diabetes and prior foot ulcers

IndividualsIndividuals with no fallsIndividuals with fallsTotalP
n 148 252 400 — 
Demographic findings     
 Average age (years) 61.6 62.8 62.4 0.22 
 Sex (%)     
  M (n = 309) 76.3 77.8 77.2 0.74 
  F (n = 91) 23.6 22.2 22.7  
 Race (%)    0.03 
  White (non-Hispanic) 71.9 81.5 78.0  
  Non-white 28.1 18.5 22.0  
 Married/living together (%) 64.4 59.4 61.2 0.33 
 Years of education (average) 14.5 14.2 14.3 0.38 
 Site of medical care    0.09 
 VA (%) 58.9 50.0 53.3  
 GHC (%) 41.1 50.0 46.7  
Health history findings     
 Years diagnosed diabetes (%)    0.26 
  <6 years 31.7 33.9 33.1  
  6–24 years 60.0 53.1 55.6  
  ≥25 years 8.3 13.0 11.3  
 Fixed foot deformities (%) 31.9 31.5 31.7 0.93 
 Any comorbid condition (%) 65.8 81.5 75.7 0.001 
 Insensate feet (%) 52.1 61.8 58.3 0.06 
Falls     
 Number of falls     
  Total number of falls  923 (100%)   
  Received medical care  153 (16.6%)   
  No medical care received  770 (83.4%)   
 Fall incidence/person-year (95% CI)  1.25 (1.17–1.33)   
IndividualsIndividuals with no fallsIndividuals with fallsTotalP
n 148 252 400 — 
Demographic findings     
 Average age (years) 61.6 62.8 62.4 0.22 
 Sex (%)     
  M (n = 309) 76.3 77.8 77.2 0.74 
  F (n = 91) 23.6 22.2 22.7  
 Race (%)    0.03 
  White (non-Hispanic) 71.9 81.5 78.0  
  Non-white 28.1 18.5 22.0  
 Married/living together (%) 64.4 59.4 61.2 0.33 
 Years of education (average) 14.5 14.2 14.3 0.38 
 Site of medical care    0.09 
 VA (%) 58.9 50.0 53.3  
 GHC (%) 41.1 50.0 46.7  
Health history findings     
 Years diagnosed diabetes (%)    0.26 
  <6 years 31.7 33.9 33.1  
  6–24 years 60.0 53.1 55.6  
  ≥25 years 8.3 13.0 11.3  
 Fixed foot deformities (%) 31.9 31.5 31.7 0.93 
 Any comorbid condition (%) 65.8 81.5 75.7 0.001 
 Insensate feet (%) 52.1 61.8 58.3 0.06 
Falls     
 Number of falls     
  Total number of falls  923 (100%)   
  Received medical care  153 (16.6%)   
  No medical care received  770 (83.4%)   
 Fall incidence/person-year (95% CI)  1.25 (1.17–1.33)   
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