Dent E, Chapman I, Howell S, Piantadosi C, Visvanathan R

Age Ageing 2014;43:477-84

Publication date: July 1, 2014


This is a prospective, observational study in patients aged ≥ 70 years admitted to a Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEMU) in Australia, evaluating the ability of commonly used frailty and functional decline indices to predict GEMU outcomes both at discharge and at 6 months.

In this study, frailty and functional decline instruments were useful to identify older patients at risk of poor outcome. Nevertheless, only the Frailty Index of Accumulative Deficits (FI-CD) showed adequate discriminatory power for outcome prediction at both follow-up time points.

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