- Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
- Track: Research
- CME/CE: .75
- Type: In-Person, Virtual
Presenter: Dae Hyun Kim, MD, MPH, ScD
Frailty has long been recognized by geriatricians as a means to understand the vulnerability in older persons that is not explained by chronological age and individual diseases. Despite increasing burden and clinical significance of frailty, frailty assessment had been mainly confined to the research setting, in which rigorous standardized assessment was possible. Over the past decade, the effort to translate frailty from research to the real world has accelerated. In this lecture, Dr. Kim will present three major accomplishments at the forefront of this effort: 1) development of an algorithm to measure the level of frailty from Medicare data for researchers; 2) implementation of a frailty index calculator in the electronic health records of a large academic medical center for clinicians; and 3) dissemination of our knowledge and tools to the clinical and research community through software codes, websites, and incorporation into the fellowship training curriculum. He will discuss motivating clinical cases and research applications to help clinicians and researchers advance frailty-guided clinical care and will conclude with future directions in our quest to make frailty part of routine care of older adults. Learning Objectives: (1) describe the latest developments in frailty measurement; (2) generate evidence to advance frailty-guided clinical care; and (3) apply frailty information to guide clinical decisions.