CFN researchers publish nutrition & physical activity clinical practice guidelines
In a just-released article in The Journal of Frailty & Aging, CFN researchers provide evidence-based nutrition and physical activity clinical practice guidelines. The guidelines are designed to help healthcare providers make informed decisions on the effective management of frailty and pre-frailty using nutrition and physical activity interventions.
Lorbergs, A. L., Prorok, J.C., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Bouchard, D. R., Giguere, A., Gramlich, L., Keller, H., Tang, A., Racey, M., Ali, M. U., Fitzpatrick-Lewis, D., Sherifali, D., Kim, P., & Muscedere, J. (2021). Nutrition and Physical Activity Clinical Practice Guidelines for Older Adults Living with Frailty. J Frailty Aging. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2021.51.
BACKGROUND: We developed clinical practice guidelines to provide health care providers with evidence-based recommendations for decisions related to the effective management of frailty and pre-frailty using nutrition and physical activity interventions.
METHODS: We based the recommendations on two systematic reviews with meta-analyses. Nutrition, physical activity, and combined nutrition and physical activity interventions for adults ≥65y were considered if study populations were identified as frail using a frailty tool or assessment. Risk of bias and certainty of evidence were evaluated. We included physical outcomes, mobility, frailty, cognitive function, activities of daily living, falls, quality of life, diet quality, energy/fatigue levels, health services use, and caregiver outcomes.
RESULTS: Overall, mobility improvements were moderate with nutritional strategies that optimize dietary intake, various types of physical activity interventions, and interventions that combine nutrition and physical activity. Physical outcomes, such as body mass and muscle strength, improved moderately with nutritional strategies and interventions that combined nutrition with physical activity. Frailty status improved with multi-component physical activity interventions. Strong recommendations include optimizing dietary intake, performing physical activity, and adopting interventions that combine nutrition and physical activity. We strongly recommend various types of physical activity including muscle strengthening activities, mobilization or rehabilitation exercises, and multi-component physical activity interventions.
INTERPRETATION: Tailored nutrition and physical activity interventions based on individual goals and health status are associated with improved clinical and physical outcomes. While the recommendations facilitate shared decision-making, we identified sparse application of validated frailty assessments and lack of standardized research outcomes as critical gaps in knowledge.
Key words: Shared decision making, frailty, guidelines, nutrition, exercise.