Frailty in older persons

Leader: Matteo Cesari, MD, PhD

Objectives

The main objective of the group is to support and facilitate the clinical detection, assessment, and treatment of frailty in older persons across European countries. The group will specifically generate actions aimed at:

  • Developing possibilities for primary care physicians to detect frailty in non-disabled community-dwelling older persons;
  • Designing dedicated clinical pathways for the identification of causes of frailty in older persons;
  • Implementing clinical interventions aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of disability in older persons by targeting frailty;
  • Building structured follow-up methodologies to monitor the effectiveness of the implemented preventive interventions against disability and the evolution of the health status in frail older persons.

Outcomes 2015

  • The group has conceptualized, designed, developed, and finalized a scientific project aimed at validating the use of a screening tool for the frailty detection in primary care. The results of the study have been published in the Eur Geriatr Med journal;
  • A web-based survey focused at describing the clinical approach to frailty has been conducted among the EUGMS members. Results will be object of a scientific publication (to be finalized in the next few weeks);
  • A scientific article is currently under development for describing the clinical care offered to frail older persons living in the community across European countries. In this context, the group has defined links with an European project (SUNFRAIL; www.sunfrail.eu), which is specifically focused on similar objectives (i.e., standardization of clinical care offered to community-dwelling frail elders across Europe).

Projects & Events 2016, 2017

  • A scientific article describing the clinical services currently available across Europe for taking in charge community-dwelling older persons with frailty is currently under development;
  • A scientific article reporting the results of a web-based survey conducted among healthcare professionnals about the clinical approach to frailty is in preparation and will shortly be finalized;
  • A project aimed at translating/validating in multiple European languages of a self-assessment questionnaire for the detection of frailty in the community will be conducted. The questionnaire has been developed as part of the SUNFRAIL project;
  • Under discussion, possible activities for promoting a standardization of terms and definitions in the field of frailty.

Next meeting of the group

During the 2017 EUGMS meeting in Nice (date of the group meeting to be defined)

Publications

  • Cherubini, A., Demougeot, L., Cruz Jentoft, A., Curgunlu, A., Michel, J. P., Roberts, H., Aihie Sayer, A., Strandberg, T., Topinkova, E., Trotta, F. M., van Asselt, D. Z. B., Vellas, B., Zekry, D., and Cesari, M. (2015) Relationship between the Gérontopôle Frailty Screening Tool and the frailty phenotype in primary care. Eur Geriatr Med 6, 518-522.
  • Cesari, M., Abellan Van Kan, G., Ariogul, S., Baeyens, J. P., Bauer, J., Cankurtaran, M., Cederholm, T., Cherubini, A., Cruz-Jentoft, A. J., Curgunlu, A., Landi, F., Sayer, A. A., Strandberg, T., Topinkova, E., Van Asselt, D., Vellas, B., Zekry, D., and Michel, J. P. (2013) The European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) Working Group on «Frailty in Older Persons». J Frailty Aging 2, 118-120.

Group Members

Jean-Pierre Baeyens
Giorgio Basile
Jurgen Bauer
Olivier Bruyere
Fanny Buckinx
Mustafa Cankurtaran
Tommy Cederholm
Matteo Cesari
Antonio Cherubini
Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft
Asli Curgunlu
Anne Ekdahl
Bertrand Fougere
Ellen Freiberger
Emiel Hoogendijk
Marco Inzitari
Tatiana Klompenhouwer
Francesco Landi
Stefania Maggi
Marcello Maggio
Maura Marcucci
Erwin Meijer
Jean-Pierre Michel
Jean-Yves Reginster
Helen Roberts
Avan Sayer
Cornel Sieber
Eva Topinkova
Ulrike Dapp
Dieneke Van Asselt
Bruno Vellas
Nicola Veronese
Dina Zekry

Funding

The working group has initially been funded by Nutricia for the first two years. Currently, there is no sponsor for the Special Interest Group

Founded

First meeting heald on May 31, 2013