Management of frailty: opportunities, challenges, and future directions.

Elsa Dent; Finbarr C Martin; Howard Bergman; Jean Woo; Roman Romero-Ortuno; Jeremy D Walston
Frailty is a complex age-related clinical condition characterised by a decline in physiological capacity across several organ systems, with a resultant increased susceptibility to stressors. Because of the heterogeneity of frailty in clinical presentation, it is important to have effective strategies for the delivery of care that range across the continuum of frailty severity. In clinical practice, we should do what works, starting with frailty screening, case identification, and management of frailty. This process is unarguably difficult given the absence of an adequate evidence base for individual and health-system interventions to manage frailty. We advocate change towards individually tailored interventions that preserve an individual's independence, physical function, and cognition. This change can be addressed by promoting the recognition of frailty, furthering advancements in evidence-based treatment options, and identifying cost-effective care delivery strategies.
ISSN 1474-547X
Published 12 Oct 2019
Volume 394
Issue 10206
Pages 1376-1386
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31785-4
Type Journal Article | Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't | Review