The aim of this program is to develop an internationally recognised Core Outcomes Set for frail inpatients that can be used to evaluate frailty interventions across different disciplines.

Making decisions for frail patients in hospitals is often a balancing act. We have to consider the possible advantages of a treatment against the potential risks. Further, it is not always clear which outcomes are most important to patients, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

The objectives of this program are:

  • to ascertain outcomes that are important to patients, carers, clinicians and policy makers, and the reasons for their priorities;
  • to generate an evidence-informed, consensus-based prioritised list of core outcome domains;
  • to establish an internationally-endorsed set of core outcomes in frail inpatients; and
  • to identify validated core outcomes measures in frail inpatients.

This research program will generate a new set of core outcome measures for research in frail hospital patients that reflect the shared priorities of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and health service administrators. They will be disseminated internationally to inform future research across different disciplines which will enable patients, clinicians and policymakers to make informed decisions about management.

This research program is led by Professor Allison Jauré from the University of Sydney.