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[Correspondence] Frailty in emergency departments

It is encouraging that recognition of frailty as a key element of the care of older people is entering the discourse of emergency medicine, as discussed by Elsa Dent and colleagues in their letter to The Lancet (Jan 30, p 434).1 Older patients (aged 65 years or older) not only represent an increasing proportion of patients presenting acutely to emergency departments, but are also the group most likely to present with care needs appropriate to emergency care.2