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  1. Quinn, Gillian BSc (Physiotherapy)
  2. Comber, Laura BSc (Physiotherapy)
  3. O' Malley, Nicola BSc (Physiotherapy)
  4. McGuigan, Chris MD
  5. Galvin, Rose PhD
  6. Coote, Susan PhD


Objective: To explore the relationship between dual-task cost and falls in people with multiple sclerosis.


Methods: One hundred participants completed a falls screening questionnaire, Timed Up and Go (TUG), and TUG-Cognitive (TUG-C) at baseline. Dual-task cost was the percentage change in performance between TUG and TUG-C. Falls were recorded prospectively for 3 months.


Results: Dual-task cost was not associated with increased risk of falls (P = .90, odds ratio = 1.00). Answering yes to a question about problems doing 2 things at once increased likelihood of falls (risk ratio = 2.07).


Conclusion: A single question asking about dual tasking may be a useful screen for falls risk assessment.