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Frailty is a state of increased vulnerability that manifests as decreased physiological reserves and functioning across multiple organ systems, showing signs already at midlife. Frailty is associated with multiple negative health outcomes such as high healthcare utilization, disability, and mortality. Additionally, frailty can be considered as a determinant of healthy aging as well as emerging public health priority. However, frailty is reversible, especially if detected at an early stage. To date, however, there are no effective population-level strategies to identify the middle-aged and older individuals who are at increased risk of frailty.

The aim of the study is to analyse, and develop an electronic frailty index (eFI), a bespoke tool for Finnish electronic health record system to enable early identification of vulnerable individuals. The study is conducted in collaboration between University of Jyväskylä, Gerontology research centre, and Tampere university, Gerontology research centre.

Academy of Finland 2022-2026

Principal investigators
Juulia Jylhävä, Senior Research Fellow, FT, docent,
Gerontology Research Center, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere

Mikaela von Bonsdorff, Associate Professor, TtT,
Gerontology Research Center, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä

Markus Haapanen, LT, Folkhälsan Research Center, Univeristy of Helsinki
Laura Kananen, FT,Gerontology Research Center, University of Tampere
Antti Kariluoto, FK, University of Jyväskylä
Jake Lin, FT, Gerontology Research Center, University of Tampere
Maija Satamo, TtM, SH, Gerontology Research Center, University of Tampere
Anna Tirkkonen, TtT Gerontology Research Center, University of Jyväskylä,

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