Frailty and functional decline indices predict poor outcomes in hospitalised older people

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10th March 2015, Age and Ageing

Elsa Dent, Ian Chapman, Stuart Howell, Cynthia Piantadosi and Renuka Visvanathan

Admission to a Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEMU) can optimise a patient's chance of functional recovery. This study from a team at the University of Adelaide aimed to evaluate the ability of several commonly used frailty and functional decline indices to predict GEMU outcomes, both at discharge and at 6 months. It found that frailty and functional decline instruments can predict older patients at risk of poor outcome. Read the paper here.