This report is authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Allan McKee, Ivy Wong, Julie Dunning, Michael Nicin, and Dr. John Muscedere. It shows that frailty is a common condition more prevalent in older populations, which increases an individual’s risk of falls, emergency department visits, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death. The problem, the authors argue, is that frailty is not being measured consistently in Canada, which makes it difficult for health providers and governments to address.
The report urges the research and health care communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty, and argues that clinicians need to consider social factors, such as poverty, housing and loneliness, which can contribute to how well individuals cope with frailty. 56 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018.
Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Greg Hirsh for this presentation where he will discuss preliminary work utilizing a more sensitive assessment tool to explore the relationship between more subtle degrees of frailty and cardiac surgery outcomes. For more information or to register click here.
Wed. Jan. 23, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join James Downar for this presentation discussing a project that aimed to identify patients at risk of death to trigger health care providers to engage in Advance Care Planning activities. To learn more or register click here.