Association of Frailty With Mortality in Older Inpatients With Covid-19

A Cohort Study

Darren Aw; Lauren Woodrow; Giulia Ogliari; Rowan Harwood


Age Ageing. 2020;49(6):915-922. 

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Frailty is associated with all-cause mortality in older adults diagnosed with COVID-19, who are admitted to hospital, independent of age, sex, acute illness severity, deprivation status, hospital admissions in the previous year and ethnicity. Increasing age, male sex and acute illness severity are also associated with increased mortality risk. Although frailty score should not be wholly utilised for determining ceilings of care, we feel that it can be useful, in conjunction with other prognostic markers, for discussions with patients and/or their next of kin regarding clinical management decisions.