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Reframing frailty as a long-term condition

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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This learning module focuses on the clinical syndrome, frailty, in particular the concepts of loss of reserve, energy and well-being. Older people with frailty tend to present late, and often in crisis, so care can be hospital based, episodic and unplanned. This module argues that frailty should be reframed as a long-term condition, the trajectory of which can be managed proactively in primary and community settings by supported self-management and person-centred care.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

Helen Lyndon, NIHR clinical academic doctoral research fellow/nurse consultant older people, Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust/Plymouth University.
Clifford Kilgore, Nurse consultant intermediate care/older people, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

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