Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review
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Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review

Shirin Vellani Research assistant, KITE Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Alexia Cumal Research assistant, KITE Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Christine Degan Nurse practitioner lead, Senior Persons Living Connected, Toronto, Canada

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the effects of frailty on older people living in the community

  • To improve your knowledge of assessment tools that can identify frailty

  • To familiarise yourself with multicomponent interventions that can impede the development of frailty

Frailty is a syndrome involving increased vulnerability that usually develops from age-related decline in physiological reserves and function in multiple organ systems, resulting in an impaired ability to respond to acute changes in health conditions. It is imperative that healthcare providers who work with older adults in primary care and community settings understand how to assess frailty and can identify appropriate interventions. This article reports the results of a rapid review that examined how frailty is assessed in community-dwelling older adults and what interventions are used to address frailty in this population.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1327

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

shirin.vellani@mail.utoronto.ca

Conflict of interest

None declared

Vellani S, Cumal A, Degan C (2021) Frailty assessment and interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a rapid review. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1327

Published online: 21 July 2021

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