Frailty: a costly phenomenon in caring for elders with cognitive impairment.

Butler et al. (2016) draw the reader’s attention to the costs of caring for people with dementia and the increasing pressure to define cost components. 115 cognitively impaired patients were assessed for frailly using the biological syndrome model to determine the role of frailty in relation to cost and resource utilisation. The authors found that frailty among patients with cognitive decline was strongly associated with daily informal care costs even when other risk factors such as dependence and co morbid illness are taken into account. They argue that this supports the consideration of frailty as a separate entity worthy of evaluation, suggesting that the development of frailty interventions have the potential to reduce costs.
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Frailty: a costly phenomenon in caring for elders with cognitive impairment.
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2016
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Butler, A., Gallagher, D., Gillespie, P., Crosby, L., Ryan, D., Lacey, L., Coen, R., O'shea, E. and Lawlor, B., 2016. Frailty: a costly phenomenon in caring for elders with cognitive impairment. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 31(2), pp.161-168.