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Put together by the team behind Pulse, with the help of an expert advisory board, Pulse Live is the one-stop shop for GPs.
Join us to take part in a number of key debates, seminars, and workshops addressing the wider issues within healthcare provision, as well as interviews with senior figures from the NHS, Government and other healthcare bodies.
Watch the video to hear Dr Rachel Pryke explaining the impact of malnutrition on wider health outcomes
Frailty can be characterised by loss of skeletal muscle function/reserves, or by 3 or more of these symptoms1:
Up to 50% of 85+ years olds are living with frailty
Frailty is common in older adults, and the prevalence increases with age1. Up to half of people 85+ years are frail2. Many older adults with chronic diseases are likely be frail, but this may be masked by their long term condition1.
The electronic frailty index (eFI) is also available on SystmOne and EMIS Web to help recognise frailty. Find out more here
Poor nutrition (malnutrition) can cause a 'skittle effect' to other health problems in frail patients. It brings with it a greater risk of adverse outcomes after a 'minor' stressor such as a fall or infection1 and is associated with higher comorbidity, polypharmacy, ADL-disability, depression and cognitive impairment3.
Frailty is not an inevitable part of ageing and nutritional intake is a modifiable factor1. Malnutrition increases risk of frailty 4 fold3 and is a common and causal problem. Studies show 50-64% of frail elderly adults are malnourished, compared to just 2% of fit elderly people, and the prevalence of malnutrition increases with the severity of frailty3, 4, 5.
Greater prevalence of malnutrition in frail patients
Malnutrition therefore needs to be addressed to reduce the severity of frailty and improve clinical outcomes1.
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