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Commentary on: Keeble, E, Parker, SG, Arora, S, et al. Frailty, hospital use and mortality in the older population: findings from the Newcastle 85+ study. Age Ageing 2019;48:797–802. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz094.
Implications for practice and research
Frailty leads to higher mortality and hospital use.
Information about frailty should inform the development of services to meet patient need.
Research in the community setting is required to better understand proactive and preventative approaches in frailty management.
Frailty is a common clinical syndrome in older adults that carries an increased risk for poor health outcomes including falls, incident disability, hospitalisation and mortality. Frailty is a significant determinant of healthcare use and associated costs, both of which also increase as a person nears death. In the UK, and internationally, those aged over 85 years are the fastest growing demographic group. By 2050, the number …
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