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Prevalence and correlates of frailty among older adults: findings from the German health interview and examination survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Geriatrics, March 2015
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Prevalence and correlates of frailty among older adults: findings from the German health interview and examination survey
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BMC Geriatrics, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12877-015-0022-3
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Amanda K Buttery, Markus A Busch, Beate Gaertner, Christa Scheidt-Nave, Judith Fuchs


Despite having the third highest proportion of people aged 60 years and older in the world, Germany has been recently reported as having the lowest prevalence of frailty of 15 European countries. The objective of the study is to describe the prevalence of frailty in a large nationwide population-based sample and examine associations with sociodemographic, social support and health characteristics. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of the first wave of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1) conducted 2008-2011. Participants were 1843 community-dwelling people aged 65-79 years. Frailty and pre-frailty were defined, according to modified Fried criteria, as 3 and more or 1-2 respectively, of the following: exhaustion, low weight, low physical activity, low walking speed and low grip strength. The Oslo-3 item Social Support Scale (OSS-3) was used. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) measured depressive symptoms and the Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) measured cognition. Associations between participants' characteristics and frailty status were examined using unadjusted and adjusted multinomial logistic regression models estimating relative risk ratios (RRR) of frailty and pre-frailty. The prevalence of frailty among women was 2.8% (CI 1.8-4.3) and pre-frailty 40.4% (CI 36.3-44.7) and among men was 2.3% (CI 1.3-4.1) and 36.9% (CI 32.7-41.3) respectively. Independent determinants of frailty, from unadjusted models, included older age, low socioeconomic status, poor social support, lower cognitive function and a history of falls. In adjusted models current depressive symptoms (RRR 12.86, CI 4.47-37.03), polypharmacy (RRR 7.78, CI 2.92-20.72) and poor hearing (RRR 5.38, CI 2.17-13.35) were statistically significantly associated with frailty. Frailty prevalence is relatively low among community-dwelling older adults in Germany. Modifiable characteristics like low physical activity provide relevant targets for individual and population-level frailty detection and intervention strategies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
United States 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 156 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 15%
Student > Master 25 15%
Researcher 24 15%
Student > Bachelor 16 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 6%
Other 29 18%
Unknown 33 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 51 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 17 10%
Psychology 15 9%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 5%
Social Sciences 7 4%
Other 27 17%
Unknown 37 23%

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