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GSA 2021 Pre-conference Workshop: "Moving Frailty into Clinical Practice."
November 10, 2021. Online.
The assessment of frailty can help to identify older adults at highest risk of adverse health outcomes and those in need of targeted interventions. Despite its potential to modify practice patterns to better protect frail adults, frailty screening and clinical implementation strategies have not been broadly implemented in clinical settings in the US. This session is designed for clinicians and researchers interested in integrating frailty into their clinical practice and research.
This workshop will provide insights based on rigorous research and clinical experiences into core topics important to the field. This will start with a state-of-art overview of the conceptualization and definitions of frailty followed by a session that describes progress-to-date in implementing frailty assessment into a wide variety of primary care and subspecialty settings.
Breakout sessions will then be available for participants to meet with clinical and research frailty experts. The goal of this session is to help individuals think through the best ways to integrate frailty in research and clinical work. Finally, a summary session will be held to discuss gaps identified in prior sessions and ways to bring clinically relevant, evidence-based studies of frailty measurement into a wide-variety of settings and a discussion of how best to use frailty for potential intervention development.
Please join frailty experts, including Drs. Jeremy Walston, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Qian-Li Xue, Abdulla Damluji, Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, Mara McAdams-DeMarco, Susan Gearhart, and others, for this exciting workshop.
Registration and more information is available here: https://www.gsa2021.org/Program/Pre-Conference-Workshops.
Most Frequently Visited Frailty Science Resource: Guidance on Selecting a Frailty Assessment Instrument
Since we placed it online, Guidance on Selecting a Frailty Assessment Instrument has become our most popular research topic on our website. This resource has been visited thousands of times. This guidance page provides an overview of frailty instruments, important considerations for matching an instrument to the purpose of a study, and concise categorized tables of some of the most utilized frailty assessment instruments. For instance, the Physical Frailty Phenotype (PFP) table includes: reference links to relevant research papers; a description of the items measured; scoring explanations; considerations such as the amount of time it takes to complete the assessment; and additional resources, such as a definition sheet for terms used in the PFP as well as a very useful link to the Hopkins Frailty Assessment Calculator. Each assessment tool described on this page includes similar data. If you haven’t seen our Guidance on Selecting a Frailty Assessment Instrument content yet, please check it out. We hope you might like it so much that you’ll bookmark it! Please let us know if you have any questions.