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Understanding frailty as a long-term condition

Publication date: Saturday, 28 February 2015
Contributor(s): John Young

Acommonly heard clinical expression is “He/she is very frail”. It provides a summary statement of an older person that implies concerns over vulnerability and prognosis. This is how we have conventionally considered frailty—as a descriptive label: ‘the frail elderly’. In this article, we will re-frame frailty in a potentially more helpful way. We will examine frailty from the perspective of an abnormal health state that behaves just like a long-term condition. This conceptualisation of frailty opens up new approaches to helping people who are frail.

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Category: Editorial
Edition: Volume 8 Number 1 Oct-Nov-Dec 2015
Contributor(s): John Young

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