Phase Angle, Frailty and Mortality in Older Adults – Online First – Springer

Narrow phase angle is associated with frailty and mortality independent of age and comorbidity.

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JMIR–A Mobile and Ubiquitous Approach for Supporting Frailty Assessment in Elderly People | Fontecha | Journal of Medical Internet Research

The problem of creating a general frailty index is still unsolved. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of research on this subject. Our studies took advantage of mobile device features (accelerometer sensors, wireless communication capabilities, and processing capacities among others) to develop a new method that achieves an objective assessment of frailty based on similarity results for an elderly population, providing an essential support for physicians.

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The role of frailty in outcomes from critical illness : Current Opinion in Critical Care

The concept of frailty, as a marker of biologic age and physiologic reserve, may have direct relevance to critical care, and clearly identifies a population at greater risk of adverse events, morbidity, and mortality. Its recognition in critical care settings may enable improved prognostication and shared decision-making and identify vulnerable subgroups with specific needs who might benefit from targeted follow-up.

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Frailty and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Frail residents had lower HRQOL, suggesting that preventing frailty may lead to better HRQOL among residents of long-term care facilities.

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Operationalization of Frailty Using Eight Commonly Used Scales and Comparison of Their Ability to Predict All-Cause Mortality – Theou – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library

Substantive differences exist between scales in their content validity, feasibility, and ability to predict all-cause mortality. These frailty scales capture related but distinct groups. Weighting items in frailty scales can improve their predictive ability, but the trade-off between specificity, predictive power, and generalizability requires additional evaluation.

via Operationalization of Frailty Using Eight Commonly Used Scales and Comparison of Their Ability to Predict All-Cause Mortality – Theou – 2013 – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – Wiley Online Library.

Prognosis of hospitalised older people with different levels of functioning: a prospective cohort study

the ISAR-HP can readily distinguish well-functioning older patients from patients with low functioning and low HRQoL after hospital admission. The ISAR-HP may hence assist in selecting patients who may benefit from individually tailored reactivation treatment that is provided next to treatment of their medical condition.

via Prognosis of hospitalised older people with different levels of functioning: a prospective cohort study.

Musculoskeletal pain and physical functioning in the oldest old – Mänty – 2013 – European Journal of Pain – Wiley Online Library

The findings of this study suggest that musculoskeletal pain in nonagenarians is highly prevalent and is associated with poor physical performance and disability.

via Musculoskeletal pain and physical functioning in the oldest old – Mänty – 2013 – European Journal of Pain – Wiley Online Library.

BMC Health Services Research | Abstract | Predictors of mortality among elderly dependent home care patients.

Comorbidity, hospital admissions and pressure ulcers predict mortality in the following year in EDPLH patients. The subgroup of patients that entered home care programs with a previous record of hospital admission and a high score in our predictive model might be considered as candidates for palliative care.

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One-year outcome of frailty indicators and activities of daily living following the randomised controlled trial; “Continuum of care for frail older people” – Springer

The intervention has the potential to reduce dependency in ADLs, a valuable benefit both for the individual and for society.

via One-year outcome of frailty indicators and activities of daily living following the randomised controlled trial; “Continuum of care for frail older people” – Springer.

The ability of three different models of frailty to predict all-cause mortality: Results from the European Male Aging Study (EMAS)

All three frailty models significantly predicted future mortality among community-dwelling, middle-aged and older European men after adjusting for potential confounders. Our data suggest that the choice of frailty model may not be of paramount importance when predicting future risk of death, enabling flexibility in the approach used.

via The ability of three different models of frailty to predict all-cause mortality: Results from the European Male Aging Study (EMAS).