Transitions and trajectories in frailty states over time: a systematic review of the European Joint Action ADVANTAGE

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Introduction. Frailty is a dynamic syndrome and may be reversible. Despite this, little is known about trajectories or transitions between different stages of frailty. Methods. A systematic review was conducted, selecting studies reporting frailty trajectories or transition states for adults in any settings in European ADVANTAGE Joint Action Member States. Results. Only three papers were included. Data were from longitudinal communitybased cohorts in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Italy. The English study investigated the effect of physical activity on the progression of frailty over a 10-year period. Two presented data on the proportion of participants experiencing at least one frailty transition over time (32.6% in the Italian sample aged ≥ 65 years followed for 4.4 years; 34.3% in the Dutch sample aged 65-75 years, followed for 2 years). Conclusions. Data on frailty trajectories and transition states were limited and heterogeneous. Well-designed prospective studies and harmonized approaches to data collection are now needed.

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Rónán O’Caoimh

Lucia Galluzzo

Ángel Rodríguez-Laso

Johan Van der Heyden

Anette Hylen Ranhoff

Laure Carcaillon-Bentata

Nathalie Beltzer

Siobhán Kennelly

Aaron Liew

on behalf of Work Package 5 of the Joint Action ADVANTAGE

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O’Caoimh, R., Galluzzo, L., Rodríguez-Laso, Ángel, Van der Heyden, J., Ranhoff, A. H., Carcaillon-Bentata, L., Beltzer, N., Kennelly, S., Liew, A., & 5 of the Joint Action ADVANTAGE, on behalf of W. P. (2018). Transitions and trajectories in frailty states over time: a systematic review of the European Joint Action ADVANTAGE. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 54(3), 246-252. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/775
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