The challenge of clinical complexity in the 21st century: Could frailty indexes be the answer?

Jordi Amblàs-Novellas, Joan Espaulella-Panicot, Marco Inzitari, Lourdes Rexach, Benito Fontecha, Roman Romero-Ortuno

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Abstract

© 2016 SEGG The number of older people with complex clinical conditions and complex care needs continues to increase in the population. This is presenting many challenges to healthcare professionals and healthcare systems. In the face of these challenges, approaches are required that are practical and feasible. The frailty paradigm may be an excellent opportunity to review and establish some of the principles of comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in specialties outside Geriatric Medicine. The assessment of frailty using Frailty Indexes provides an aid to the ‘situational diagnosis’ of complex clinical situations, and may help in tackling uncertainty in a person-centred approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
JournalRevista Espanola de Geriatria y Gerontologia
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

Keywords

  • Clinical complexity
  • Decision-making
  • Frailty
  • Frailty index
  • Situational diagnosis

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