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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2015

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Frailty as a long-term condition: its management in primary care

Frailty as a long-term condition: its management in primary care
Long-term conditions

Article topics: Frailty, Identification, Management, Older People, Primary care

Frailty is a clinical syndrome which focuses on loss of reserve, energy and wellbeing. Currently, older people with frailty tend to present late and often in crisis to health and care services so their care may be hospital-based, episodic, and unplanned. There is a need to reframe frailty as a long-term condition that can be mainly managed within a primary and community care setting, with timely identification for preventative, proactive care underpinned by supported self-management and person-centred care. General practice nurses (GPNs) will play a vital role in this new paradigm for frailty as key workers, coordinators of care, and supporters to patients and their carers at all stages of the frailty trajectory.

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