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The Frailty Index for Elders (FIFE)
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Introd­uction

The Frailty Index for Elders (FIFE) was developed to assess for frailty risk in older adults using items collected in existing nursing datasets. This maximizes the use of data collected during nursing assessment and reduces testing fatigue for the patient, family, and nurse. FIFE is a 10-item assessment instrument with scores ranging from 0-10. A score of 0 indicates no frailty; a score of 1-3 indicates frailty risk; and a score of 4 or greater indicates frailty.
Original source: Tocchi, C., Dixon, J., Naylor, M., Sangchoon, J., & McCorkle, R. (2014). Develo­pment of a frailty index measure for older adults: The Frailty Index for Elders. Journal of Nursing Measur­ement, 22 (2), 223-240. Table 7, page 236

The Frailty Index for Elders (FIFE)

#
Ques­tion
No
Yes
1
Do you need help getting in or out of bed?
[___]
[___]
2
Do you need help with washing or bathing?
[___]
[___]
3
Without wanting to, have you lost or gained 10 pounds in the last 6 months?
[___]
[___]
4
Do you have tooth or mouth problems that make it hard to eat?
[___]
[___]
5
Do you have a poor appetite and quickly feel full when you eat?
[___]
[___]
6
Did your physical health or emotional problems interfere with your social activi­ties?
[___]
[___]
7
Would you say your health is fair or poor?
[___]
[___]
8
Do you get tired easily?
[___]
[___]
9
Were you hospit­alized in the last 3 months?
[___]
[___]
10
Did you visit an emergency room for a health problem in the past 3 months?
[___]
[___]
 
Score
[___]
[___]
Scor­ing:
A score of 0 indicates no frailty
A score of 1-3 indicates frailty risk
A score of 4 or greater indicates frailty

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