In a recent year-long study, 40% of patients with COPD experienced falls, with more than 75% of these patients falling multiple times.

Factors linked with an increased risk of falling included smoking, having other illnesses, taking multiple medications, having a fear of falling, and falling in the past.

“The findings could be useful for developing preventative strategies,” said Dr Cristino Oliveira, lead author of the¬†Respirology¬†study.