Frail, older patients pose a challenge to the primary care physician who may often feel overwhelmed by their complex presentation and tenuous health status. At the same time, family physicians are ideally suited to incorporate the concept of frailty into their practice. They have the propensity and skill set that lends itself to patient-centred care, taking into account the individual subtleties of the patient’s health within their social context. Tools to identify frailty in the primary care setting are still in the preliminary stages of development but education is key to managing frailty, especially in the realm of primary care.
Dr Judy Lowthian is Principal Research Fellow and Head of Research at Bolton Clarke Research Institute. Judy’s research is underpinned by a clinical background in rehabilitation and health service management; and is designed to improve safety and quality of care for older patients.
- Recognise the link between patient frailty and poorer outcomes and ways to address this
- Demonstrate the increased risk a hospital stay has on patient frailty
- Explore patient reconditioning and the important role of interdisciplinary care
- Presenter(s):Judy Lowthian
- Duration:53.30 min
- Activity ID:191284
- QI&CPD Points:2