Primary Care Resources - Frailty

A 9 point clinical assessment tool for clinicians in various settings to assess the level of patient frailty, which assesses risk for death and/or the need for institutional care. 1 page.

Developed in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN, this tool helps the clinician in primary care to prioritize referrals for individuals ≥ 75 yr. to CCAC for further assessment. 2 Pages.

This assessment tool is a brief , valid reliable tool which can be used by clinicians without special training in geriatric medicine to assess the frailty of the older patient. It assesses 10 domains including cognitive impairment and balance and mobility.

Frailty is a biological syndrome that reflects a state of decreased physiological reserve and vulnerability to stressors. Upward of 20 frailty assessment tools have been developed, with most tools revolving around the core phenotypic domains of frailty—slow walking speed, weakness, inactivity, exhaustion, and shrinking—as measured by physical performance tests and questionnaires.