A scoping review of evidence for measuring frailty in hospital settings

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Providing healthcare to an aging population presents both challenges and opportunities. On the frontier of these challenges and opportunities is how we understand and respond to frailty. Identifying frailty early in clinical care is vital but consensus has not yet been reached on what should be measured. Also choosing among the many options available can be confusing to health care professionals. Currently, no reviews of the literature have been conducted with a general focus on frailty measures used in pre-hospital and in-hospital settings. Here, our purpose was to conduct a review to identify and document the nature and extent of research evidence related to measuring frailty in pre-hospital and in-hospital settings.

Olga Theou, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and also an Affiliated Scientist of Geriatric Medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Medicine with the University of Adelaide in Australia. She obtained her BSc in Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Aristotle University in Greece, MSc in Gerokinesiology from the California State University in Fullerton, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with specialization in Health and Aging from Western University. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia Okanagan at the Department of Human Kinetics and at Dalhousie University at the Division of Geriatric Medicine during which she was awarded with a Banting Fellowship. Dr. Theou’s research broadly examines aging, frailty, and physical activity.

Kayla Mallery, BSc is a first year medical student at Dalhousie University. She holds a BSc in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University and in 2014-2016 she worked as a Research Assistant for the Geriatric Medicine Research team at Dalhousie under the supervision of Drs. Kenneth Rockwood and Olga Theou.