A summary of a new statement published in the European Respiratory Journal
Frailty is a complex set of symptoms that can make those affected more likely to develop health problems. However, there is a lack of awareness about how frailty affects people with long-term lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and interstitial lung disease. Most of our understanding of frailty is related to elderly people.
A new statement from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) summarises what we currently understand about frailty in adults with long-term lung conditions. It also highlights the need for more research in this area and the priority areas for research.
The statement highlights how frailty can impact people’s lives, including its effect on mental health and quality of life.
The statement includes the results of a survey of people affected by long-term lung conditions and frailty (including family members and carers) as well as a statement from a patient representative. The survey highlighted several key issues that need addressing:
The statement highlights many opportunities for improvement.
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