An operational definition of frailty predicted death, hip fracture, and hospitalization in older women

January 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 144 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
This article focuses on a study conducted to predict death, hip fracture, and hospitalization in older women. A prospective cohort study was conducted on 40,657 women 65 to 79 years of age who did not have Parkinson disease and did not take medication for Parkinson disease or depression and were expected to survive and live in the same area for more than 3 years in age. At baseline, 16% of women were considered to be frail and 28% to be intermediate. At 3 years, frailty had developed in 15% of women with less than 3 frailty components at baseline. Frailty at baseline increased risk for death, hip fracture, and hospitalization during the mean 5.9 years of follow-up.


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