- Group summary: The Frailty and Elderly Care research group, part of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, focuses on conducting high quality impactful health research to address the needs of the ageing population.
The award-winning Frailty and Elderly Care is a research group part of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation.
Our elderly care research addresses the needs of an ageing population. This population has life-long accumulated exposures which contribute to chronic disease and give rise to associated physical and mental health co-morbidities. In response to the health service challenges posed by multi-morbidity in the elderly, our research encompasses:
- The nature of frailty in the elderly and its impact on service use.
- Mental health morbidity (delirium, dementia, depression) in physical healthcare settings.
- Evaluation of services for older people, for example, community hospitals, day hospitals and intermediate care.
We are a national and international leading centre for frailty research. The development of the Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) led by Andy Clegg, allowing for the first time identification of people with frailty through routine data, has been transformational. Use of the eFI is now in the new General Medical Services contract, a contractual requirement for practices to screen for frailty, allowing them to identify and consider offering treatment options to their frail elderly patients. The eFI, winner of the RCP Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2017, also featured in the 2016 NICE Multimorbidity Guideline, is being used by numerous research teams to identify people with frailty in order to develop tailored services, technology and interventions.
Our recent projects include:
- Personalised Care Planning for Older People with Frailty
- The Community Ageing Research Study (CARE 75+)
- Home-based Extended Rehabilitation for Older people (HERO)
- Optimising blood pressure management for older people with frailty
- Medical day hospital care for the elderly versus alternative forms of care
Who we are
Professor John Young – Professor of Elderly Care Medicine
Dr Elizabeth Teale – Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine
Dr Andrew Clegg – Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician
Mary Godfrey – Reader
Frailty personal care planning
Dr Jane Smith
Home-based exercise intervention for older people with frailty
Dr Friederike Ziegler
Manifestation of frailty
Dr Kristian Hudson
Primary care-based management of frailty
Dr Lesley Brown
Dr Oliver Todd
National Institute for Health Research
Dunhill Medical Trust