HOW DO COMMUNITY PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS CLASSIFY FRAILTY? A PILOT STUDY
K.P. Roland, O. Theou, J.M. Jakobi, L. Swan, G.R. Jones
J Frailty Aging 2014;3(4):247-250
Background: Frailty is a complex geriatric syndrome that is often difficult to diagnose, especially by healthcare professionals working in the community. Objectives, Measurements: This study examined how physical and occupational therapists classified community-dwelling clients using categories of ‘nonfrail’, ‘prefrail’ or ‘frail’ as compared to measurements of established frailty criteria from the Cardiovascular Health Study frailty index (CHSfi). Results: Results indicate that community therapists underestimate frailty in comparison to the CHSfi. Therapists’ classification of frailty suggested their perceptions of frailty may not only relate to client’s functional capacity, but the context in which the client receives care. Conclusion: A multi-dimensional approach is required to capture all aspects of frailty across the healthcare continuum that accounts for how the client thrives within their personal environment.
K.P. Roland ; O. Theou ; J.M. Jakobi ; L. Swan ; G.R. Jones (2014): HOW DO COMMUNITY PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS CLASSIFY FRAILTY? A PILOT STUDY. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2014.32