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Dizziness among Older Adults: A Possible Geriatric Syndrome

Mary E. Tinetti, MD; Christianna S. Williams, MPH; and Thomas M. Gill, MD
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From Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Acknowledgments: The authors thank Sandra Ginter, RN, for assistance with data collection; Janett Nabors for assistance with data management; and Anna Marie Ciresi for assistance with preparation of the manuscript.

Grant Support: By grant RO1AG07447 and the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (P60AG10469) from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Gill was a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, and an awardee of grant K23(00759) from the National Institute on Aging.

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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Tinetti: 333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208025, New Haven, CT 06520-8025.

Ms. Williams: Program on Aging, 129 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Dr. Gill: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Program in Geriatrics, 20 York Street, Tompkins 15, New Haven, CT 06504.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: M.E. Tinetti, T.M. Gill.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: M.E. Tinetti, C. Williams, T.M. Gill.

Drafting of the article: M.E. Tinetti, C. Williams.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: M.E. Tinetti, C. Williams, T.M. Gill.

Final approval of the article: M.E. Tinetti, C. Williams, T.M. Gill.

Provision of study materials or patients: M.E. Tinetti.

Statistical expertise: C. Williams.

Obtaining of funding: M.E. Tinetti.

Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(5):337-344. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-5-200003070-00002
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Dizziness is a well-recognized problem among older persons. The reported prevalence ranges from 13% to 38%, depending on the definition used and the population studied (15). Dizziness has been associated with increased risk for falls and with syncope, functional disability, nursing home placement, stroke, and death (12, 410). Given the frequency of dizziness and its associated morbidity, much attention has focused on identifying the causes of dizziness.


dizziness ; aging ; elderly

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Dizziness among Older Adults

The summary below is from the full report titled “Dizziness among Older Adults: A Possible Geriatric Syndrome.”. It is in the 7 March 2000 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 132, pages 337-334). The authors are M.E. Tinetti, C.S. Williams, and T.M. Gill.


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