ARPEGE Project CARSAT Nord-Est

Evaluation of the organisational, economic and acceptability conditions conducive to use of a pack for detecting frailty in elderly people:

Partners in the project

MADoPA was commissioned by Carsat Nord-Est (the North-East branch of France’s Pensions and Occupational Health Fund) for a period of 24 months (January 2012 – December 2013) to carry out an evaluation of a pack for detecting frailty in elderly people, designed by the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT).

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The frailty detection pack

The frailty detection pack designed by the UTT is based on Linda Fried’s five indicators of frailty, to which balance has been added as a criterion. Each of the five indicators of frailty, plus balance, is measured by means of the technology systems included in the pack. This results in a score and establishes the state of frailty of the elderly person concerned as non-frail (no frailty indicators), pre-frail (1 or 2 frailty indicators), or frail (3 or more frailty indicators).

Criteria UTT systems
Grip strength Grip ball; vigorimeter
Unintentional weight loss Smart body scales (BQT)
Feeling of exhaustion Questionnaire (+ grip ball)
Physical activity Questionnaire
Walking speed Doppler (instant speed)
+ Degree of balance Smart body scales (BQT)
MADoPA’s role

The evaluation that MADoPA has been asked to carry out by CARSART Nord-Est consists in determining the organisational, economic and acceptability factors conducive to use of the pack:

  • by social workers tasked by Carsat with assessing the needs of elderly people living at home
  • by general practitioners