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S.B. Lieber, M. Nahid, M. Rajan, M. Barbhaiya, L. Sammaritano, R.A. Lipschultz, M. Lin, M.C. Reid, L.A. Mandl

J Frailty Aging 2023;12(3)247-251

The relationship of baseline frailty with subsequent patient-reported outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains unclear. We assessed these associations in a pilot prospective cohort study. Frailty based on the FRAIL scale and the Fried phenotype and patient-reported outcomes, namely Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System computerized adaptive tests and Valued Life Activities disability, were measured at baseline and 1 year among women aged 18-70 years with SLE enrolled at a single center. Differences in Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System computerized adaptive tests between frail and non-frail participants were evaluated using Wilcoxon rank sum tests, and the association of baseline frailty with self-report disability at 1 year was estimated using linear regression. Of 51 participants, 24% (FRAIL scale) and 16% (Fried phenotype) met criteria for frailty at baseline despite median age of 55.0 and 56.0 years, respectively. Women with (versus without) baseline frailty using either measure had worse 1-year Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System computerized adaptive test scores across multiple domains and greater self-report disability. Baseline frailty was significantly associated with self-report disability at 1 year (FRAIL scale: parameter estimate 0.55, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.21-0.89, p<0.01; Fried phenotype: parameter estimate 0.61, 95% CI 0.22-1.00, p<0.01), including only slight attenuation after adjustment for SLE cumulative organ damage (FRAIL scale: parameter estimate 0.45, 95% CI 0.09-0.81, p=0.02; Fried phenotype: parameter estimate 0.49, 95% CI 0.09-0.90, p=0.02). These preliminary findings support frailty as an independent risk factor for clinically relevant patient-reported outcomes, including disability onset, among women with SLE.

S.B. Lieber ; M. Nahid ; M. Rajan ; M. Barbhaiya ; L. Sammaritano ; R.A. Lipschultz ; M. Lin ; M.C. Reid ; L.A. Mandl ; (2023): Association of Baseline Frailty with Patient-Reported Outcomes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at 1 Year. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2023.24

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