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13 June 2022

RESEARCHERS FROM UDEUSTO PRESENT A SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE FRAILTY SYNDROME

Félix Colas and Begoña García-Zapirain from the eVida researcher group at the University of Deusto present Platform for detecting and preventing frailty and falls, frAAgiLe project of the Active and Assisted Living programme from the European Commission at the Integrated Care 2022 Congress (ICIC22) in Odense, Denmark, 23-25 May 2022.

During the congress, two presentations were made: a pitch for potential commercial partners in which the benefits and impact of frAAgiLe were introduced and an extensive presentation in which the whole process of development, implementation and testing of the project was explained. Both presentations aroused great interest among the attendees, having received positive and constructive feedback from the audience with which the consortium can continue in the coming months towards the conclusion of the project.

At this moment, frAAgiLe is entering the final phase of testing, and during the summer the results of the clinical trial will be analysed. The first data received is positive, proven high adherence to the platform and great accuracy in the frailty monitoring system developed by the Artificial Intelligence algorithm. The latter demonstrated to be very interesting for the audience, raising several questions about the periodicity of testing, the selection criteria of the tests for the online module and for the offline monitoring, and the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the users.

Among the questions which arose along the presentation, there was one about the possibility of the tests losing efficacy due to periodic repetition. The therapists involved in the design of the system have already taken this possibility into account and in this respect, an intervention schedule has been developed and explained in detail where the cognitive, physical and nutritional tests are interspersed in a way that prevents memorisation of answers.

Other experts from the audience asked about the impossibility of improving frailty. This condition is indeed degenerative, which means that it is irreversible. However, the researcher from eVida explained the positive information that is being collected in terms of stability in health status and alleviation of worsening that, thanks to the frAAgiLe intervention, have been better.

In conclusion, frAAgiLe consortium received positive feedback from this experience in Odense where delegates also attended other presentations and learnt about similar experiences in other parts of Europe. The participation of representatives of frAAgiLE project was appreciated/valued by the ICIC22 organisation as it is closely related to the Integrated Care theme promoted by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).