Bao and coauthors examined frailty among participants of the Comprehensive Dialysis Study, a special study of the US Renal Data System. They assessed the outcomes of death or hospitalization.
Perissinotto et al examine the relationship between loneliness, functional decline, and death in adults older than 60 years in the United States. In an Invited Commentary, Bucholz and Krumholz discuss the meaning of social support and its impact on health outcomes.
Udell and coauthors investigated whether living alone was associated with increased mortality and cardiovascular risk in the global REduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health (REACH) Registry.
To determine whether the 6-minute walk test predicted cardiovascular events in ambulatory patients with coronary heart disease, Beatty and coworkers measured distance and treadmill exercise capacity in 556 outpatients. Participants were followed up for a median of 8.0 years for cardiovascular events. See commentary by Nash.
A MEDLINE search was performed by Mueller et al to summarize available evidence on various medication reconciliation interventions (pharmacist related, information technology, and others) in the hospital setting and to identify the most effective practices, using quality-rated US Preventive Services Task Force criteria. Kaboli and Fernandes comment on medication reconciliation.