Older people (conventionally aged at least 65 years according to WHO) are major users of acute hospital care in developed countries,1, 2 and increasingly in the developing world.3 In England, a fifth of hospital admissions in 2014–15 were among people aged 75 years and older, accounting for around 40% of all days spent in hospital.4 For some older people, hospital admission is associated with an increased risk of harm over and above the presenting clinical condition.5 Several attempts have been made to identify people at high risk of poor outcomes, many focusing on frailty.5, 6 Frailty describes a decline in function across several organ systems, linked to ageing, but progressing at different rates in different people; it is characterised by…………….. continue reading https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)30668-8/fulltext?elsca1=etoc

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