Journal article

The clinical frailty scale predicts functional decline and mortality when used by junior medical staff: a prospective cohort study

Kate J Gregorevic, Ruth E Hubbard, Wen K Lim, Benny Katz

BMC GERIATRICS | BMC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increasing frailty is associated with risk of mortality and functional decline in hospitalized older adults, but there is no consensus on the best screening method for use by non-geriatricians. The objective of this study is to determine whether the clinical frailty scale (CFS) can be used to identify patient baseline frailty status in the acute general medical setting when used by junior medical staff using information obtained on routine clinical assessment. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study in an acute general medical unit. All patients aged 65 and over admitted to a general medical unit during August and September 2013 were eligible for the study. CFS score at base..

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