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Letters Frailty and expectations

“Progressive dwindling” or “terminal decline” and end of life care

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 19 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4772
  1. Rathi Ravindrarajah, research associate,
  2. Martin Gulliford, professor of public health
  1. King’s College London, School of Population Health Sciences, London WC2R 2LS, UK
  1. rathi.ravindrarajah{at}

Oliver discusses some of the difficulties faced by geriatricians responsible for the care of frail older people.1 Accumulating evidence shows that a key aspect of the frailty syndrome is its relation to adverse outcomes, including hospital admissions, …

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