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Care of the older person
Frailty leads to higher mortality and hospital use
  1. Karen Harrison Dening
  1. Department of Research & Publications, Dementia UK, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Research & Publications, Dementia UK, London EC5 1RE, UK; Karen.Harrison-Dening{at}dementiauk.org

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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.

Context

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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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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