alexa Frailty of elderly patients admitted to the medical clinic of an emergency unit at a general tertiary hospital


Advanced Practices in Nursing

Author(s): Luana Baldin Storti, Suzele Cristina Coelho Fabrc, Luciana Kusumota, Rosalina Aparecida Partezani R, Sueli Marques

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This descriptive and cross-sectional study was aimed at classifying elderly patients admitted to the medical clinic of a tertiary hospital, according to socio-demographic variables, and identifying their frailty. Data collection was carried out in the period between October 2010 and March 2011, through a questionnaire with socio-demographic data and the Edmonton Frail Scale. Eighty-four elderly patients with an average age of 73.8 participated in the study; 60.7% were male, 44.0% married and 32.1% widowers/widows; 75.0% were retired; 54.8% possessed between one and four years of formal education. Regarding the identification of frailty, 42.9% presented severe, 33.3% mild and 19.0% moderate frailty. Among the elderly who presented severe frailty, 63.6% were women, 63.0% were over 80 years of age, 53.1% lived without a partner and 75.8% considered their health poor. It is believed that identifying the frailty of elderly patients helps healthcare professionals in planning and implementing care actions for the elderly.

This article was published in The Lancet and referenced in Advanced Practices in Nursing

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