Dr. Lianne Singer, University Health Network, Toronto, ON

Respiratory disease and frailty often go hand-in-hand, and can be a dangerous combination. But how does one tell if a patient with respiratory disease is frail, and why should one care? Ways of measuring frailty in patients with respiratory disease, the prevalence and clinical implications of frailty, and how one might think about reducing frail patients’ risk of adverse health outcomes will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • recognize frailty in patients with respiratory disease;
  • describe how frailty may affect health outcomes in respiratory disease; and
  • identify potential approaches to ameliorating frailty or improving health in frail patients