Frailty assessment using routine clinical data: An integrative review

Arum Lim, Ji Yeon Choi, Hyunju Ji, Hyangkyu Lee

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Background: Frailty is a common but complex problem in older adults. Frailty assessment using routine clinical data has been suggested as a pragmatic approach based on electronic health records from primary care center or hospital settings. Purpose: We aimed to explore the tools and outcome variables used in the published studies on frailty assessment using routine clinical data. Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted using the method of Whittemore and Knafl. A literature search was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, and CINAHL from January 2010 to October 2021. Results: A total of 45 studies and thirteen frailty assessment tools were analyzed. The assessment items were generally biased toward frailty's risk factors rather than the mechanisms or phenotypes of frailty. Similar to using conventional tools, routine clinical data-based frailty was associated with adverse health outcomes. Conclusions: Frailty assessment based on routine clinical data could efficiently evaluate frailty using electronic health records from primary care centers or hospitals. However, they need refinement to consider the risk factors, mechanisms, and frailty phenotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104612
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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