Journal article

Prevalence of Frailty in Older Men and Women: Cross-Sectional Data from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study

Monica C Tembo, Kara L Holloway-Kew, Sophia X Sui, Trisha Dunning, Adrian CH Low, Shi-Jynn Yong, Boon L Ng, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Lana J Williams, Mark A Kotowicz, Julie A Pasco



Few studies have investigated the prevalence of frailty in the Australian general population. This study determined the prevalence of frailty in a population-based sample of older adults and examined the relationship between frailty and comorbid conditions. Men (n = 347) and women (n = 360) aged ≥ 60 year from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) were assessed between 2016-2019 and 2011-2014, respectively. Frailty was identified using a modified Fried frailty phenotype. Prevalence estimates were standardised to the 2011 Australian population. Kruskal-Wallis test and χ2 test were used to analyse data. For women, mean standardised prevalence estimates were 18.3% (14.1-22.5) for frail, 54.1% (4..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (Projects 299831, 251638, 628582). The funding organisation played no role in the design or conduct of the study, in the collection, management, analyses or interpretation of the data, nor in the preparation, review and approval of the manuscript. MCT and SXS were supported by Deakin Postgraduate Scholarships, KLH-K was supported by Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, SBL-O was supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowships 1107510 and LJW is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1064272) and a NHMRC Investigator grant (1174060).