Johns Hopkins Frailty Assessment Calculator
A standardized, evidenced-based method to assess frailty across clinical and research settings.
DR. JEREMY WALSTON INTRODUCES
The Johns Hopkins Frailty Assessment Calculator
Clinicians and researchers need a standardized method to consistently and accurately identify those patients who are most frail to better manage their care. Hundreds of studies have shown frailty—a clinically recognizable state of increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes such as disability, falls, institutionalization, and death—to be useful in assessing patient risk.
The online Johns Hopkins Frailty Assessment Calculator allows a clinician or researcher to enter five (5) standardized measurements. The output is a single score that is automatically generated, providing a classification of either frail (score 3-5), pre-frail (score 1 or 2) or robust (score 0).
- Access to the online Frailty Assessment Calculator
- Training Video
- User’s Guide
- Frailty Assessment Forms
- Downloadable Access Database to collect, score and store frailty assessment data
Other components needed to capture standardized measurements (Not Included):
- Dynamometer (grip strength measurement tool)
- Stop Watch (to time walking speed movement)
- Tape Measure (to lay out 4-meter walking course)
- Stadiometer (or other height measurement tool)
- Scale for weight measurement
The calculator is used at Johns Hopkins in both surgical and transplant services to
- reduce post-surgical complications
- reduce pain and suffering
- improve quality of life
This could save tens of millions of dollars in health care costs annually.
The Johns Hopkins Frailty Assessment Calculator was designed to maintain validity while maximizing feasibility and usability in both research and clinical settings. That said, this tool is based on defining frailty, using measures of five phenotypic criteria: unintentional weight loss, exhaustion, low energy expenditure, low grip strength, and/or slowed walking speed.
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