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Frailty in Primary Care: Validation of the simplified Zulfiqar Frailty Scale (sZFS)

Service de Médecine Interne, Diabète et Maladies Métaboliques de la Clinique Médicale B, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg et Equipe EA 3072 “Mitochondrie, Stress Oxydant et Protection Musculaire”, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Strasbourg, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Academic Editors: Monica Florescu and Emmanuel Andrès
Received: 27 July 2021 / Revised: 22 August 2021 / Accepted: 1 September 2021 / Published: 3 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Early Diagnosis and Public Health and Ethics Issues)
Introduction: Frailty scales are used very rarely by general practitioners as they are time consuming and are not well-adapted to current needs. Thus, we have designed with general practitioners a new scale for the early and rapid detection of frailty syndrome, called the simplified Zulfiqar Frailty Scale (sZFS). Patients and methods: This scale was tested in two general medicine practices in Normandy (France) for a total of six months and compared to the GFST tool “The Gerontopole Frailty Screening Tool”. Only patients who were over 65 years old with an ADL ≥ 4/6 were included. Results: 107 were patients included in the general medicine practice, with an average age of 74 years. The sZFS questionnaire has a shorter administration time than the GFST questionnaire (p < 0.001). Its sensitivity is of 93%, and its specificity is 58%. Its positive predictive value is 57%, and its negative predictive value is 93%. The area under the curve of the sZFS scale is 0.83 [0.76; 0.91] (IC95%). Conclusion: Our frailty screening scale is simple, relevant, and quick. View Full-Text
Keywords: frailty syndrome; primary care; sZFS tool; GFST scale frailty syndrome; primary care; sZFS tool; GFST scale
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Zulfiqar, A.-A. Frailty in Primary Care: Validation of the simplified Zulfiqar Frailty Scale (sZFS). Medicines 2021, 8, 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicines8090051

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Zulfiqar A-A. Frailty in Primary Care: Validation of the simplified Zulfiqar Frailty Scale (sZFS). Medicines. 2021; 8(9):51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicines8090051

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Zulfiqar, Abrar-Ahmad. 2021. "Frailty in Primary Care: Validation of the simplified Zulfiqar Frailty Scale (sZFS)" Medicines 8, no. 9: 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicines8090051

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