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

Correa-de-Araujo, Rosaly
January 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 144 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
This article comments on a study conducted to predict death, hip fracture, and hospitalization in older women. Current operational definitions propose indicators to measure frailty, using clinical judgment on additional items and including standard geriatric assessment components. In the study researchers enrolled the largest sample examining frailty to date, included many health and demographic characteristics, and had lengthy follow-up on relevant outcomes. The ideal frailty measure identifies women not already overtly disabled but at risk for serious outcomes. Thus, the study is close to the ideal, as only 6% of frail women reported activity of daily living disabilities.


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