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Table 4 Comparison of individual Fried frailty criteria across age categories among frail only participants defined using the Fried frailty criteria

From: Prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18–79 years old in the Canadian Health Measures Survey

Variable 18–49 years
(n = 263)
50–64 years
(n = 142)
65+ years
(n = 77)
Chi-Square
P-value
Exhaustion (% yes) 139 (52.9%) 34 (24.0%) 8 (11.0%) <0.001
Physical activity (% inactive)a - - - <0.001
Mobility function (gait speed proxy, % mobility impairment) 13 (4.9%) 13 (9.3%) 7 (9.7%) <0.001
Unintentional weight loss (% yes) 127 (48.1%) 29 (20.1%) 5 (7.1%) <0.001
Weak grip strength (% yes) 33 (12.6%) 17 (12.2%) 9 (11.9%) <0.001
  1. aAlmost all participants scored positive on the physically inactive category and thus did not report percentages based on Canadian Health Measures ethics. Categorical variables are displayed as frequency (%) and continuous variables are shown as mean (standard deviation). Frailty was defined as having 3–5 of the Fried criteria