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Identifying and Managing Frailty: A Survey of UK Healthcare Professionals

Frost, R, Robinson, K, Gordon, A, Caldeira de Melo, R, Villas Boas, PJF, Azevedo, PS, Hinsliff-Smith, K and Gavin, JP (2023) Identifying and Managing Frailty: A Survey of UK Healthcare Professionals. Journal of Applied Gerontology. ISSN 0733-4648

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Frailty is a common condition that leads to multiple adverse outcomes. Frailty should be identified and managed in a holistic, evidence-based and patient-centered way. We aimed to understand how UK healthcare professionals (HCPs) identify and manage frailty in comparison with UK Fit for Frailty guidelines, their frailty training, their confidence in providing support and organizational pathways for this. An online mixed-methods survey was distributed to UK HCPs supporting older people through professional bodies, special interest groups, key contacts, and social media. From 137 responses, HCPs valued frailty assessment but used a mixture of tools that varied by profession. HCPs felt confident managing frailty and referred older people to a wide range of supportive services, but acknowledged a lack of formalized training opportunities, systems, and pathways for frailty management. Clearer pathways, more training, and stronger interprofessional communication, appropriate to each setting, may further support HCPs in frailty management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing; frailty; geriatrics; healthcare; healthcare professionals; older people; online survey; 1103 Clinical Sciences; Gerontology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2023 17:14
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 17:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/07334648231206321
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22025
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