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Respecting frailty
  1. Laurie H Mallery,
  2. Paige Moorhouse
  1. Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Laurie H Mallery, Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dalhousie University, QEII Health Sciences Centre, 5955 Veterans' Memorial Lane, Ste. 2650, Halifax, NS B3H 2E1, Canada; laurie.mallery{at}


While the medical treatment of older individuals often results in desirable outcomes, indiscriminate use of aggressive treatment at the end-of-life can cause paradoxical harm and suffering. Comprehensive assessment and communication can help foster decisions that consider the effect of frailty on health outcomes.

  • Truth disclosure
  • aged
  • quality of health care
  • attitudes toward death

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