Frailty and Multimorbidity: Different Ways of Thinking About Geriatrics

Matteo Cesari, Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda, Emanuele Marzetti

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The terms multimorbidity and frailty are increasingly used in the medical literature to measure the risk profile of an older individual in order to support clinical decisions and design ad hoc interventions. The construct of multimorbidity was initially developed and used in nongeriatric settings. It generates a monodimensional nosological risk profile, grounding its roots in the somewhat inadequate framework of disease. On the other hand, frailty is a geriatric concept that implies a more exhaustive and comprehensive assessment of the individual and his/her environment, facilitating the implementation of multidimensional and tailored interventions. This article aims to promote among geriatricians the use of terms that may better enhance their background and provide more value to their unrivaled expertise in caring for biologically aged persons.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)361-364
Numero di pagine4
RivistaJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Diseases
  • aging
  • comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • public health


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