GPs have a role in reducing frailty in over-60s
People over 60 are at high risk of developing frailty, but GPs can help reduce this by screening older patients for the condition, say the Melbourne authors of a landmark study.
Although definitions vary, a patient is considered frail if three out of five criteria are met: low physical activity, weak grip strength, low energy, slow walking speed, and non-deliberate weight loss.
Those who meet one to two of the five criteria are defined as pre-frail.
The Monash University-led team calculated for the first time how many people are expected to become frail,