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Identifying Common Characteristics of Frailty Across Seven Scales
by Olga Theou et al.
May 2014


On each frailty scale, frailty score increased nonlinearly with age, mortality risk increased with frailty score, and women had higher scores than men but demonstrated better survival. Each scale except the frailty phenotype demonstrated an upper limit to frailty below the scale’s theoretical maximum. Across commonly used frailty scales, these characteristics are common in nature but differ in magnitude.


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