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Frailty and Sarcopenia Epidemiology: The Effect on Disability and Healthcare Usage and Costs

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The global population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Frailty and sarcopenia are two common aging-related conditions. Frailty is characterized by several deficits in health domains while sarcopenia involves declines in muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical performance. Frailty and sarcopenia are characterized by a core condition that is an impairment (poor balance, low muscle strength, slow gait speed) and when advanced, is related with lower quality of life. Frailty and sarcopenia are therefore conditions that reflect the link between functioning and health conditions, as has described in WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

While there is considerable interest among health scientists in frailty and sarcopenia epidemiology, there is still scant information on the links between these conditions and functioning and health care usage and costs, while temporal and regional patterns of these health conditions have also been under researched. Recent studies have shown that frailty and sarcopenia prevention may have a beneficial effect on disability and healthcare costs and usage. Given the importance of these issues, the journal Frontiers in Rehabilitation science is planning a Research Topic on “Frailty and sarcopenia epidemiology: the link between functioning, disability and healthcare usage and costs” with the aim of providing a source for accurate and up-to-date scientific information on these topics.

We invite you to consider the submission of your original research findings or a review article on the topic. Manuscripts should focus on the direct impact of frailty and sarcopenia on disability (or disability trajectories), as well as on healthcare usage and costs and hospitalization rates in older populations. Manuscripts may also focus on indirect impact, that is impact mediated by skeletal muscle loss, poor muscle quality, deficits accumulation, sedentary behavior, fatigue, weight loss and others. We also welcome manuscripts that focus on frailty and sarcopenia intervention studies that investigate pathway of functioning, disability and healthcare usage and cost. We encourage authors to submit work from databases representing low- and middle- income countries, where almost no data in this area currently exists. We expect that papers collected in this Research Topic will provide new insights on older adult’s health and quality of life and will be helpful for healthcare systems reform.


Keywords: Frailty, Sarcopenia, Disability, Interventions, Healthcare


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The global population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Frailty and sarcopenia are two common aging-related conditions. Frailty is characterized by several deficits in health domains while sarcopenia involves declines in muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical performance. Frailty and sarcopenia are characterized by a core condition that is an impairment (poor balance, low muscle strength, slow gait speed) and when advanced, is related with lower quality of life. Frailty and sarcopenia are therefore conditions that reflect the link between functioning and health conditions, as has described in WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

While there is considerable interest among health scientists in frailty and sarcopenia epidemiology, there is still scant information on the links between these conditions and functioning and health care usage and costs, while temporal and regional patterns of these health conditions have also been under researched. Recent studies have shown that frailty and sarcopenia prevention may have a beneficial effect on disability and healthcare costs and usage. Given the importance of these issues, the journal Frontiers in Rehabilitation science is planning a Research Topic on “Frailty and sarcopenia epidemiology: the link between functioning, disability and healthcare usage and costs” with the aim of providing a source for accurate and up-to-date scientific information on these topics.

We invite you to consider the submission of your original research findings or a review article on the topic. Manuscripts should focus on the direct impact of frailty and sarcopenia on disability (or disability trajectories), as well as on healthcare usage and costs and hospitalization rates in older populations. Manuscripts may also focus on indirect impact, that is impact mediated by skeletal muscle loss, poor muscle quality, deficits accumulation, sedentary behavior, fatigue, weight loss and others. We also welcome manuscripts that focus on frailty and sarcopenia intervention studies that investigate pathway of functioning, disability and healthcare usage and cost. We encourage authors to submit work from databases representing low- and middle- income countries, where almost no data in this area currently exists. We expect that papers collected in this Research Topic will provide new insights on older adult’s health and quality of life and will be helpful for healthcare systems reform.


Keywords: Frailty, Sarcopenia, Disability, Interventions, Healthcare


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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16 August 2021 Manuscript

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16 August 2021 Manuscript

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