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Self-report overestimates true height loss: Implications for diagnosis of osteoporosis

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Fraser Birrell, Professor Mark PearceORCiD, Emeritus Professor Roger Francis, Professor Louise Parker


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The Newcastle Thousand Families birth cohort dates from 1947; assessments have included height measurement at 22 and 50 years, when height loss was also assessed by self-report. A total of 388 attended for 50-year review of bone health, of whom 57 reported a median height loss of 2.5 cm, and 8 reported height loss of >3.5 cm. However, of 24 subjects for whom true height loss could be calculated, 7 had gained height, 9 were unchanged and only 8 had lost height since age 22 years. Self-report leads to over-reporting of height loss, and therefore should not be the sole measure of height loss. In clinical practice, objective confirmation of reported height loss should be undertaken, wherever possible, prior to further investigation. © Clinical Rheumatology 2005.

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Author(s): Birrell F, Pearce MS, Francis RM, Parker L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Rheumatology

Year: 2005

Volume: 24

Issue: 6

Pages: 590-592

ISSN (print): 0770-3198

ISSN (electronic): 1434-9949

Publisher: Springer London


DOI: 10.1007/s10067-005-1112-y

PubMed id: 15931458


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