Rockwood Clinical Frailty Score

There is no single ...

Rockwood Clinical Frailty Score

There is no single generally accepted clinical definition of frailty. Previously developed tools to assess frailty that have been shown to be predictive of death or need for entry into an institutional facility have not gained acceptance among practising clinicians. We aimed to develop a tool that would be both predictive and easy to use.


1 Very Fit – People who are robust, active, energetic and motivated. These people commonly exercise regularly. They are among the fittest for their age.


2 Well – People who have no active disease symptoms but are less fit than category 1. Often, they exercise or are very active occasionally, e.g. seasonally.


3 Managing Well – People whose medical problems are well controlled, but are not regularly active beyond routine walking.


4 Vulnerable – While not dependent on others for daily help, often symptoms limit activities. A common complaint is being “slowed up”, and/or being tired during the day.


5 Mildly Frail – These people often have more evident slowing, and need help in high order IADLs (finances, transportation, heavy housework, medications). Typically, mild frailty progressively impairs shopping and walking outside alone, meal preparation and housework.


6 Moderately Frail – People need help with all outside activities and with keeping house. Inside, they

often have problems with stairs and need help with bathing and might need minimal assistance (cuing,

standby) with dressing. 


7 Severely Frail – Completely dependent for personal care, from whatever cause (physical or

cognitive). Even so, they seem stable and not at high risk of dying (within ~ 6 months).


8 Very Severely Frail – Completely dependent, approaching the end of life. Typically, they could not recover even from a minor illness.


9. Terminally Ill - Approaching the end of life. This category applies to people with a life expectancy <6 months, who are not otherwise evidently frail.


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Contributed by

Giselle Falconi, MD
Giselle is passionate about health care disparities, interprofessional education and culturally competent care. She is originally from Peru and is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine after residency.

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