THE ROLE THE FRAILTY SYNDROME CAN PLAY IN ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR OUR AGEING POPULATION – FINDINGS IN A DUBLIN DAY HOSPITAL
O. Ntlholang, R.E. Kelly, R. Romero-Ortuno, S. Cosgrave, D. Kelly, M. Crowe, O. Collins, J.J. Barry, L. Cogan, G. Hughes, D. O’Shea
J Frailty Aging 2014;3(1):21-24
Frail individuals are at higher risk of adverse outcomes, and need identification and priority access to Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA). We prospectively collected data on new referrals to our day hospital. Levels of frailty were measured with the SHARE Frailty Instrument for Primary Care (SHARE-FI). Of 257 patients assessed (90 men, 167 women), 110 (43%) were non-frail, 66 (26%) pre-frail and 81 (32%) frail. Mean age was 82 years for the non-frail, 83 for the pre-frail and 84 for the frail. Forty-one percent of the frail reported two or more falls in the preceding year, compared to 38% of the pre-frail and 21% of the non-frail (P for trend = 0.003). Of 27 patients who were referred for ongoing multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation, 16 (59%) were frail. The frailty syndrome has the potential to become an advocacy tool for older people and help target effective, but finite, CGA resources.
O. Ntlholang ; R.E. Kelly ; R. Romero-Ortuno ; S. Cosgrave ; D. Kelly ; M. Crowe ; O. Collins ; J.J. Barry ; L. Cogan ; G. Hughes ; D. O’Shea (2014): THE ROLE THE FRAILTY SYNDROME CAN PLAY IN ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR OUR AGEING POPULATION – FINDINGS IN A DUBLIN DAY HOSPITAL. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2014.5