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Acute Med. 2013;12(2):74-6.

The ability of frailty to predict outcomes in older people attending an acute medical unit.

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Geriatric Medicine, Windsor Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK. spc3@le.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study assessed the role of frailty assessment in the AMU.

METHODS:

Patients were assessed for frailty and their outcomes ascertained at 90 days.

RESULTS:

The Canadian Study on Health and Aging Clinical Frailty Scale categorised 29% of patients as moderately-severely frail. Frailty did not differentially identify those likely to be discharged within one day, nor with long stays. Mortality at 90 days was 32%; frailty was associated with the risk of dying, odds ratio 1.4. 21% of patients were readmitted at 30 days, and 33% at 90 days, but frailty was not predictive.

DISCUSSION:

Moderate-severe frailty in people aged 70+ was common and was predictive of higher mortality, but did not appear to predict admission, length of stay or readmission.

PMID:
23732130
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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