The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 111–118 | Cite as

Current Situation of Frailty Screening Tools for Older Adults



Frailty is a geriatric syndrome associated with adverse outcomes such as falls, disability, and mortality. Frailty is common and contributes to rising health care costs. Early screening and timely tailored intervention may effectively prevent or delay the adverse outcomes in older adults. Studies on frailty and its specific measurement tools are increasing in number, but the debate on the screening instruments remains. Currently, self-reported screening tools can identify frailty and predict the risk of adverse outcomes in older adults. Because they are easy to use and quickly provide information, self-reported frailty screening tools have significant implication in primary care settings and clinics. We reviewed the frailty screening instruments in older adults and proposed a two-step pathway for frailty identification, and to manage declines in intrinsic capacity as well as boost resilience.

Key words

Frailty screening tool older adults intrinsic capacity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geriatrics, Xuanwu HospitalCapital Medical University, National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric DisordersBeijingChina

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