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Title
Frailty consensus : a call to action
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Abstract
Frailty is a clinical state in which there is an increase in an individual's vulnerability for developing increased dependency and/or mortality when exposed to a stressor. Frailty can occur as the result of a range of diseases and medical conditions. A consensus group consisting of delegates from 6 major international, European, and US societies created 4 major consensus points on a specific form of frailty: physical frailty. 1. Physical frailty is an important medical syndrome. The group defined physical frailty as "a medical syndrome with multiple causes and contributors that is characterized by diminished strength, endurance, and reduced physiologic function that increases an individual's vulnerability for developing increased dependency and/or death." 2. Physical frailty can potentially be prevented or treated with specific modalities, such as exercise, protein-calorie supplementation, vitamin D, and reduction of polypharmacy. 3. Simple, rapid screening tests have been developed and validated, such as the simple FRAIL scale, to allow physicians to objectively recognize frail persons. 4. For the purposes of optimally managing individuals with physical frailty, all persons older than 70 years and all individuals with significant weight loss (>= 5%) due to chronic disease should be screened for frailty. Copyright (c) 2013 - American Medical Directors Association, Inc.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Place of publication unknown : 2013
ISSN
1525-8610
Volume/pages
14:6(2013), p. 392-397
ISI
000320613100004
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 04.09.2013
Last edited 02.08.2017
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