Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2017; 142(02): 117-122
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-101631
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Diagnostik und Behandlung physischer Frailty

Diagnosis and Treatment of Physical Frailty
Tobias Braun
Christian Thiel
Ralf-Joachim Schulz
Christian Grüneberg
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Publication Date:
23 January 2017 (online)


Physical frailty is a physiological syndrome of older people. It is characterized by a reduced reserve, a reduced stressor resistance, and vulnerability to negative health outcomes. The assessment of physical frailty is increasingly applied to identify high risk patients prior to medical or surgical interventions. The present article describes Fried’s frailty phenotype, which is the most frequently applied diagnostic instrument of physical frailty, together with evidence based treatment options.

Das Frailty-Syndrom beschreibt den vulnerablen Zustand älterer Menschen für negative Gesundheitsereignisse. Im Zuge des demografischen Wandels wird die Erkennung und Behandlung von Frailty künftig eine noch wichtigere Rolle spielen. Durch geeignete Interventionen kann das Syndrom verhindert, verzögert oder behandelt werden.

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