Hospital Resources - Frailty

This 5-Item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) screening / assessment tool is used for identifying depression in older adults. Applicable for a wide range of settings and can be used with older adults including those with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. 1 page.

This form describes how to use the 5-Item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) screening tool. 1 Page.

A 9 point clinical assessment tool for clinicians in various settings to assess the level of patient frailty, which assesses risk for death and/or the need for institutional care. 1 page.

Frailty is a biological syndrome that reflects a state of decreased physiological reserve and vulnerability to stressors. Upward of 20 frailty assessment tools have been developed, with most tools revolving around the core phenotypic domains of frailty—slow walking speed, weakness, inactivity, exhaustion, and shrinking—as measured by physical performance tests and questionnaires.

The FRAX® tool has been developed by WHO to evaluate fracture risk of patients. It is based on individual patient models that integrate the risks associated with clinical risk factors as well as bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck. Desktop and paper versions available.  This webpage includes an interactive fracture risk calculation tool with instructions.