Untangling the Concepts of Disability, Frailty, and Comorbidity: Implications for Improved Targeting and Care
This article provides a narrative review of current understanding of the definitions and distinguishing characteristics of each of these conditions, including their clinical relevance and distinct prevention and therapeutic issues, and how they are related. The authors goal was to provide a basis for distinguishing between these three important clinical conditions in older adults and showing how use of separate, distinct definitions of each can improve our understanding of the problems affecting older patients and lead to development of improved strategies for diagnosis, care, research, and medical education in this area. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.