The frailty syndrome in general practitioner care - A pilot study

Drey M, Wehr H, Wehr G, Uter W, Lang F, Rupprecht R, Sieber C, Bauer J (2011)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Accepted

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2011

Original Authors: Lang Frieder R., Drey M., Wehr H., Wehr G., Uter W., Rupprecht Roland, Sieber C. C., Bauer J. M.

Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)

Book Volume: 44

Pages Range: 48-54

Journal Issue: 1


Background: Knowledge about frailty among patients seen by general practitioners (GP) is currently limited.

Patients and methods: Frailty assessment by the criteria of Fried and additional documentation was performed at a GP’s office.

Results: Out of 119 participating patients, 14.3% were classified as frail, 52.1% as prefrail, and 33.6% as not frail. Frailty was associated with comorbidity, the number of drugs prescribed, depressive symptoms, cognitive function, and frequency of falls.

Conclusion: The prevalence of frailty is high among the cohort of elderly persons seen by a GP. Routine frailty assessment will help to direct preventive and therapeutic interventions.

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Drey, M., Wehr, H., Wehr, G., Uter, W., Lang, F., Rupprecht, R.,... Bauer, J. (2011). The frailty syndrome in general practitioner care - A pilot study. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 44(1), 48-54.


Drey, Michael, et al. "The frailty syndrome in general practitioner care - A pilot study." Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 44.1 (2011): 48-54.

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