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Type: Journal article
Title: Frailty prevalence and factors associated with the Frailty Phenotype and Frailty Index: findings from the North West Adelaide Health Study
Author: Thompson, M.
Theou, O.
Yu, S.
Adams, R.
Tucker, G.
Visvanathan, R.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2018; 37(2):120-126
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1440-6381
1741-6612
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Mark Q Thompson, Olga Theou, Solomon Yu, Robert J Adams, Graeme R Tucker, Renuka Visvanathan
Abstract: Objective: To determine the prevalence of frailty and associated factors in the North West Adelaide Health Study (2004–2006) using the Frailty Phenotype (FP) and Frailty Index (FI). Methods: Frailty was measured in 909 community-dwelling participants aged ≥65 years using the FP and FI. Results: The FP classified 18% of participants as frail and the FI 48%. The measures were strongly correlated (r = 0.76, P < 0.001) and had a kappa agreement of 0.38 for frailty classification, with 37% of participants classified as non-frail by the FP being classified as frail by the FI. Being older, a current smoker, and having multimorbidity and polypharmacy were associated with higher frailty levels by both tools. Female, low income, obesity and living alone were associated with the FI. Conclusion: Frailty prevalence was higher when assessed using the FI. Socioeconomic factors and other health determinants contribute to higher frailty levels.
Keywords: Australia; cohort studies; epidemiologic measurements; frail older adults; prevalence
Rights: © 2017 AJA Inc.
RMID: 0030078536
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12487
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