Research Group for the prevention, diagnosis and management of fragility and functional decline, both physical and cognitive in the elderly

Aging is a broad research area that encompasses all social and health aspects affecting the elderly, i.e., their overall health, diseases of the different physiological systems, use of health services, quality of life, etc. Aging research overlaps with other research areas, namely, cardiovascular, diabetes, mental health, cancer, lifestyles and health services. However, some aspects such as the study of frailty in the elderly, cognitive impairment, multimorbidity, polypharmacy, home care and end-of-life care are very specific of this age group. Research in aging takes place within the framework of our aging society and its repercussions on the health and social systems, with emerging or increased incidence of new syndromes, the shift in family and care models and the new services on offer. The group includes GPs, primary care nurses, epidemiologists and health technicians. Four members of the team are PhDs and a fifth one read his dissertation in December. The aim of the group is to continue the study of frailty and cognitive decline and to carry out more PhD thesis in this area. Fragicap has the support of the Aging Area of the IDIAP, and it currently collaborates with other research groups such as those of care in health, lifestyles, the Rediapp, the University College Cork, the Universidade do Porto and the EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging).

Group projects

PI: Montero Pons, Laura. Avaluació qualitativa de la web Sexe Joves. Funding: Fundació Infermeria i Societat. Duration: 2018 - 2021

The group participates in the following projects

PI: Violán Fors, Concepció. Construcción y validación de un Score predictivo de riesgo de institucionalización, ingresos hospitalarios y mortalidad, en mayores de 65 años con multimorbilidad y fragilidad. Funding: Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Duration: 2020 - 2022

PI: Canivell Fusté, Silvia. Influencia del tratamiento antidiabético en el desarrollo de deterioro cognitivo en los pacientes diabéticos tipo 2 en Barcelona. Funding: ICS - Institut Català de la Salut. Duration: 2019 - 2021

The group participates in the following publications

Gil-Girbau M, Pons-Vigués M, Rubio-Valera M, Murrugarra G, Masluk B, Rodríguez-Martín B, García Pineda A, Vidal Thomás C, Conejo-Cerón S, Recio JI, Martínez C, Pujol-Ribera E, Berenguera A. Theoretical models of health promotion in primary healthcare everyday practice. Gac Sanit. 2021;35(1):48-59. doi:10.1016/j.gaceta.2019.06.011. PMID:31753510. IF: 2,139.

Lasmarías C, Aradilla-Herrero A, Esquinas C, Santaeugènia S, Cegri F, Limón E, Subirana-Casacuberta M. Primary Care Professionals' Self-Efficacy Surrounding Advance Care Planning and Its Link to Sociodemographics, Background and Perceptions: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 08; 18(17). doi:10.3390/ijerph18179034. Epub 2021 Aug 27. pmc:PMC8430566. PMID:34501624. IF: 2,849.

Velickovic VM, Lembelembe JP, Cegri F, Binic I, Abdelaziz AB, Sun S, Niki B, Dawn S, Rippon MG, Abreha SK, Sturges J. Superabsorbent Wound Dressing for Management of Patients With Moderate-to-Highly Exuding Chronic Leg Ulcers: An Early Stage Model-Based Benefit-Harm Assessment. Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2021 May; doi:10.1177/15347346211009399. Epub 2021 May 03. PMID:33939496. IF: 2,057.

Zabaleta-Del-Olmo E, Casajuana-Closas M, López-Jiménez T, Pombo H, Pons-Vigués M, Pujol-Ribera E, Cabezas-Peña C, Llobera J, Martí-Lluch R, Vicens C, Motrico E, Gómez-Gómez I, Maderuelo-Fernández JÁ, Recio-Rodriguez JI, Masluk B, Contreras-Martos S, Jacques-Aviñó C, Aznar-Lou I, Gil-Girbau M, Clavería A, Magallón-Botaya R, Bellón JÁ, Ramos R, Sanchez-Perez A, Moreno-Peral P, Leiva A, González-Formoso C, Bolíbar B. Multiple health behaviour change primary care intervention for smoking cessation, physical activity and healthy diet in adults 45 to 75?years old (EIRA study): a hybrid effectiveness-implementation cluster randomised trial. BMC Public Health. 2021 Dec; 21(1):2208. doi:10.1186/s12889-021-11982-4. Epub 2021 Dec 04. PMID:34863136. IF: 2,521.


PhD student: Francisco Cegri Lombardo. Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. 30/11/2021. Title: Evolution of the health of the elderly, frailty and prognostic factors of inclusion in a home care program, admission to a residential center and mortality. Follow-up of a cohort of older adults in Catalonia.




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