Recognising older frail patients near the end of life: What next?

Published: 6 October 2017
Author(s): Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, Ebony Lewis, Sanjay Suman, Cilla Haywood, Marcella Williams, Audrey-Anne Brousseau, Sally Greenaway, Ken Hillman, Elsa Dent
Issue: October 2017
Section: Narrative Review

Frailty is a state of vulnerability resulting from cumulative decline in many physiological systems during a lifetime. It is progressive and considered largely irreversible, but its progression may be controlled and can be slowed down and its precursor –pre-frailty- can be treated with multidisciplinary intervention. The aim of this narrative review is to provide an overview of the different ways of measuring frailty in community settings, hospital, emergency, general practice and residential aged care; suggest occupational groups who can assess frailty in various services; discuss the feasibility of comprehensive geriatric assessments; and summarise current evidence of its management guidelines.