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Age Ageing. 2015 Jul;44(4):545-7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afv043. Epub 2015 Mar 29.

What are frailty instruments for?

Author information

1
Department of Medicine (Divisions of Geriatric Medicine & Neurology), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada Department of Geriatric Medicine & Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Neurosciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
2
Geriatric Medicine Research, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
3
Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Abstract

Frailty is measured to understand its nature and biology, to aid diagnosis and care planning, to measure outcomes and to stratify risk. Such goals oblige two types of frailty measures - for screening and for assessment - and recognition that not all measures will serve all purposes. When the goal is broad identification of people at risk, a dichotomised approach (frailty is present or absent ) is appropriate. If, however, the degree of risk varies, strategies to test grades of frailty will be required. Frailty measures should be implemented and evaluated in relation to the goal for their use.

KEYWORDS:

ageing; care planning; frailty; older people; risk stratification

PMID:
25824236
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/afv043
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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