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Table 3 Feasibility measures for assessing frailty

From: Measuring frailty in clinical practice: a comparison of physical frailty assessment methods in a geriatric out-patient clinic

  1. Percent of participants agreeing to attempt assessmenta 2. Resources required 3. Safety
Fried’s phenotype method Agree to attempt = 110/120 (92%)
Decline = 10/120 (8%)
Reasons for decline:
• Lack of time to complete assessment, n = 7
• Patient wheel-chair bound, n = 3
1) Research Assistant
2) Data collection sheets
3) Floor tape for 15-ft walk course
4) Stop watch
5) Grip strength dynamometer
0 adverse events
Short Performance Physical Battery (SPPB) Agree to attempt = 109/120 (91%)
Decline = 11/120 (9%)
Reasons for decline:
• Lack of time to complete assessment, n = 6
• Fear of falling, n = 2
• Patient wheel-chair bound, n = 3
1) Research Assistant
2) Data collection sheets
3) Floor tape for 8-ft walk course
4) Stop watch
5) Chair
0 adverse events
  1. aPrimary feasibility outcome. Criteria for success: ≥ 90% agreeing to attempt assessments