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Type: Journal article
Title: How common is frailty in older Australians?
Author: Widagdo, I.
Pratt, N.
Russell, M.
Roughead, E.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2015; 34(4):247-251
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1440-6381
1741-6612
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Imaina Widagdo, Nicole Pratt, Mary Russell, Elizabeth Roughead
Abstract: Aim: To determine the prevalence of frailty in a cohort of older Australians. Methods: Frailty status of the 2087 participants of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing was assessed based on the questionnaire responses at the baseline interview. Frailty status and prevalence were assessed using four measures: two unidimensional measures (the Frailty Phenotype and Simplified Frailty Phenotype) and two multidimensional measures (Frailty Index and Prognostic Frailty Score). Agreement between the four measures was determined. Results: The multidimensional measures identified more people as frail (17.5 and 49.4%) than did the unidimensional (2 and 8.8%). There was little agreement between the measures; only 0.5% of the participants were identified as frail by all four measures. Conclusions: The apparent prevalence of frailty varied when different measures were used. It is important for clinicians and researchers to be aware that different frailty measures may identify different groups of older people as frail.
Keywords: Australia; frailty; frailty measure; older people; prevalence
Rights: © 2015 AJA Inc.
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12184
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0669272
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP100200413
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0879152
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP130100428
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/179839
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/229922
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