Make time for gait speed: Vital to staging the aging

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Abstract

In this issue of Blood, Liu and colleagues demonstrate that gait speed is a valuable predictor of outcomes in older adults with hematologic malignancies, independent of age, performance status, comorbidities, aggressiveness of malignancy, and treatment type.1 Four hundred forty-eight adults with hematologic malignancies aged 75 years and older underwent geriatric screening at their initial consultation, including gait speed and grip strength testing, cognitive screening, and 2 frailty measures. The authors showed that gait speed predicted unplanned hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and survival, with each 0.1-m/s decrease in gait speed increasing mortality by 20%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
JournalBlood
Volume134
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 2019

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