Last month, we have published a paper on the validation of a frailty index (FI) in the InCHIANTI study in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. The paper was written in collaboration with Sari Stenholm, Luigi Ferrucci, Stefania Bandinelli, Marco Inzitari and Matteo Cesari.

Because of its sensitivity, the FI is increasingly recognized as particularly useful for longitudinal studies on aging, as predictor of adverse health events or as outcome measure. As an outcome measure, the FI can be used to monitor the individual`s changes in frailty over time.

In the current study, the FI operationalized in the InCHIANTI study was a good instrument to grade the risk of all-cause mortality and CVD mortality.  See the publication for more details.