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J Nutr Health Aging. 2015 Jun;19(6):673-80. doi: 10.1007/s12603-015-0505-0.

Implementing Frailty Screening, Assessment, and Sustained Intervention: The experience of the Gérontopôle.

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B. Vellas, Gérontopôle de Toulouse, Département de Médecine Interne et Gérontologie Clinique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, 170 avenue de Casselardit, 31300 Toulouse, France,


Despite its interest, frailty is not yet adequately implemented in the everyday clinical practice. Frailty is characterized by an initial functional loss which 1) still allows the individual to be independent in the daily life (although with some difficulties), and 2) may be reversed by targeted interventions. In the present article, we discuss: Why frailty is clinically relevant? Why frailty has not yet been implemented in daily clinical practice? How to implement frailty into clinical practice following the Gérontopôle experience? Intervention to be effective must be targeted, strong, and maintained.

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