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Table 2 Perceived importance of frailty assessment across disciplines/professions

From: Surgical frailty assessment: a missed opportunity

  Nurses Surgeons Allied health Total
Number of respondents 16 20 13 49
A frailty assessment should be done for all surgical patients 9/13 (69.2%) 3.7 11/20 (55.0%) 3.4 10/13 (76.7%) 3.9 30/46 (65.2%) 3.6
It is part of my professional role/responsibility to assess patients for frailty 11/13 (84.6%) 4.2 14/20 (70.0%) 3.8 7/12 (58.3%) 3.3 32/45 (71.1%) 3.7
I always use a frailty assessment tool to assess patients for frailty 3/12 (25.0%) 2.5 3/20 (15.0%) 2.2 1/8 (12.5%) 2.5 7/40 (17.5%) 2.3
I am confident in my ability to assess patients for frailty 7/13 (53.8%) 3.2 5/20 (25.0%) 2.8 5/11 (45.5%) 2.8 17/44 (38.6%) 2.9
The frailty of a patient should play a role in planning a patient’s perioperative care in the hospital 16/16 (100%) 4.6 20/20 (100%) 4.2 13/13 (100%) 4.6 49/49 (100%) 4.4
The frailty of a patient always plays a role in my planning of a patient’s perioperative care in the hospital 14/16 (87.5%) 4.0 10/20 (50.0%) 3.4 11/13 (84.6%) 4.4 35/49 (71.4%) 3.9
Frailty is an important factor in how I provide a patient’s perioperative care in the hospital 14/15 (93.3%) 4.3 13/20 (65.0%) 3.7 11/11 (100%) 4.5 38/46 (82.6%) 4.1
  1. Not all respondents answered all questions. Each item above represents all people who strongly agreed or agreed (numerator) divided by the number of responses to that question (denominator). The mean score (1 = “Strongly disagree”, 3 = “Neither agree nor disagree”, and 5 = “Strongly agree”) is reported below