Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new assessment tool that provides a reliable and practical way of assessing an elderly person’s risk for frailty.    Other tools have been available for a number of years but were generally not readily applicable in routine primary care practice.

SHARE-FI [Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe Frailty Instrument] seeks to provide community practitioners with a valid and simple tool to measure the level of frailty in individuals older than 50 years.   Many people have been struggling to come up with a definition of frailty and the researchers feel that variables used in SHARE-FI define frailty for the user. Their variables include exhaustion, weight loss, weakness, slowness and low activity.

Reported in Medscape Medical News.