Health and Disease in Frail Older Individuals: Assessment and Management in Clinical Practice
A special issue of Geriatrics (ISSN 2308-3417).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 6360
Interests: assessment and measurement of body temperature; fever; clinical desicion-making; fever phobia; elderly; evidence-based practice; EDIS; reference values
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Interests: body temperature; fever; clinical desicion-making; elderly, immunology laboratory methods; celiac disease; food intolerance; reference value; assessment and measurement accuracy
Aging and frailty entail an increased risk of co-morbidity, diseases related to chronic inflammatory processes, and impaired physical and cognitive ability. Combined with the presentation of non-specific signs and symptoms, it is a challenge to detect deteriorating health in frail older people.
Precision medicine (also called individual-based, person-based or tailored medicine) aims to provide care and treatment according to individual conditions and needs, and aims to deliver the most effective treatment for a given patient and thus improve the quality of care. In clinical practice, decision support tools with reference values for vital parameters and biomarkers aim to facilitate the assessment of an individual’s health condition. However, current reference values are interpreted at a group level and are mainly based on young, male, or healthy individuals aged 18–65 years. People with long-term medical conditions and receiving daily medication are excluded. Recent research has drawn attention to this commonly encountered range of values, and how the normal range/reference range can be misleading as the stated lower or upper limits do not match the individual's normal range. To enhance the efficacy of precision medicine and health it is necessary to interpret vital parameters and biomarkers based on individuals’ normal ranges. To detect changes in the health status of frail older people early on, there is an urgent need to clarify the ways in which vital parameters and biomarkers related to ageing and frailty might be interpreted. This Special Issue will focus on topics that are essential to improving the process of assessing the health condition of frail older people in clinical practice.
High-quality original research and review articles will be considered. In particular, we highlight clinical studies that demonstrate how interprofessional collaboration improves the clinical decision-making process. We hope you and your colleagues will be willing to submit your creative work to this exciting Special Issue of Geriatrics. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Märta Sund Levander
Dr. Ewa Grodzinsky
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- clinical decision-making
- frail olde people
- interprofessional collaboration
- low-grade chronic inflammation
- vital parameters