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Frailty prevalence varies among aged with and without COPD

Frailty prevalence among individuals with COPD is substantially greater than without COPD, even at pre-retirement (50– 64 years), reveals a recent observational study conducted by researchers from the University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona Pulmonary Associates/Critical Care Consultants of Arizona. The study, published in the International Journal of Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease,  also observed that these measures identify patients with increased risk of poor outcomes. The researchers included 18,979 survey observations for age 50– 64, and 24,162 age ≥ 65; 7.8% and 12.0% respectively reporting a diagnosis of COPD to find that the Fried’s phenotype frailty prevalence for age ≥ 65 was 23.1 percent (COPD) and 9.4 percent (non-COPD). 


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