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Table 1 Health Variables and Cut-points for the Frailty Index

From: A standard procedure for creating a frailty index

List of 40 Variables included in the frailty index Cut Point
Help Bathing Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Dressing Yes = 1, No = 0
Help getting in/out of Chair Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Walking around house Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Eating Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Grooming Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Using Toilet Yes = 1, No = 0
Help up/down Stairs Yes = 1, No = 0
Help lifting 10 lbs Yes = 1, No = 0
Help Shopping Yes = 1, No = 0
Help with Housework Yes = 1, No = 0
Help with meal Preparations Yes = 1, No = 0
Help taking Medication Yes = 1, No = 0
Help with Finances Yes = 1, No = 0
Lost more than 10 lbs in last year Yes = 1, No = 0
Self Rating of Health Poor = 1, Fair = 0.75, Good = 0.5, V. Good = 0.25, Excellent = 0
How Health has changed in last year Worse = 1, Better/Same = 0
Stayed in Bed at least half the day due to health (in last month) Yes = 1, No = 0
Cut down on Usual Activity (in last month) Yes = 1, No = 0
Walk outside <3 days = 1, ≤ 3 days = 0
Feel Everything is an Effort Most of time = 1, Some time = 0.5, Rarely = 0
Feel Depressed Most of time = 1, Some time = 0.5, Rarely = 0
Feel Happy Most of time = 0, Some time = 0.5, Rarely = 1
Feel Lonely Most of time = 1, Some time = 0.5, Rarely = 0
Have Trouble getting going Most of time = 1, Some time = 0.5, Rarely = 0
High blood pressure Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Heart attack Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
CHF Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Stroke Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Cancer Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Diabetes Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Arthritis Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
Chronic Lung Disease Yes = 1, Suspect = 0.5, No = 0
MMSE <10 = 1, 11–17 = 0.75, 18–20 = 0.5, 20–24 = 0.25, >24 = 0
Peak Flow See Table 2
Shoulder Strength See Table 2
BMI See Table 2
Grip Strength See Table 2
Usual Pace See Table 2
Rapid Pace See Table 2
  1. The list of health deficit variables included in the FI and how they were coded as deficits.