Dizziness in a community elderly population.


Journal Article

Dizziness was studied in 1,622 community-dwelling adults aged 60 and older who were interviewed as part of the Duke Epidemiologic Catchment Area study. The lifetime prevalence of dizziness (defined as severe enough to see a physician, to take a medication, or to interfere with daily activities) was 29.3%; the 1-year prevalence was 18.2%. When the subgroup with dizziness was compared with those who never suffered dizziness, using logistic regression, four variables displayed the strongest associations: a constructed variable of risk for multiple neurosensory deficits, a cardiovascular risk score, a depression symptom inventory, and perception of self as a nervous person. In this population, dizziness was not associated with increased risk of death or institutionalization at the 1-year follow up.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sloane, P; Blazer, D; George, LK

Published Date

  • February 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 108

PubMed ID

  • 2783432

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2783432

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8614

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1989.tb05867.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States