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[Comment] What proportion of older adults in hospital are frail?

Despite the increasing level of knowledge about individual illnesses, modern health-care systems seem lost when seeing patients whose diseases come not one at a time, but all at once—especially when they come with equally complex social needs. Although some geriatricians proclaimed the end of the disease era1 to focus on the complexity of frailty in geriatric assessment,2 the argument is falling flat. Disease-focused specialists who push on with the only course they know sometimes decry their frail patients as being unsuitable or requiring social support or failing to cope or thrive.

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