SOCIAL AND SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS OF FRAILTY, INCLUDING IMPACT ON CANADIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
M.K. Andrew, S. Dupuis-Blanchard, C. Maxwell, A. Giguere, J. Keefe, K. Rockwood, P. St. John, On behalf of Canadian Frailty Network
J Frailty Aging 2018;7(4):217-223
Frailty has many social and societal implications. Social circumstances are key both as contributors to frail older adults’ health outcomes and as practical facilitators or barriers to intervention and supports. Frailty also has important societal implications for health systems and social care policy. In this discussion paper, we use a social ecology framework to consider the social and societal implications and impact of frailty at each level, from the individual, through relationships with family and friend caregivers, institutions, health systems, neighborhoods and communities, to society at large. We conclude by arguing that attention to these issues at a policy level is critical. We identify three target actions: 1) Social dimensions of frailty should be systematically considered when frailty is assessed. 2) Action is needed at the level of policies and programs to improve support for caregivers. 3) Policy review across all portfolios will benefit from a social frailty lens.
M.K. Andrew ; S. Dupuis-Blanchard ; C. Maxwell ; A. Giguere ; J. Keefe ; K. Rockwood ; P. St. John ; On behalf of Canadian Frailty Network (2018): Social and societal implications of frailty, including impact on Canadian healthcare systems. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2018.30