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Editor's Correspondence
Feb 25, 2013

Walking Speed Is a Useful Marker of Frailty in Older Persons—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis (Dr Odden); Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (Drs Peralta and Covinsky); and Medical Service, San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco (Drs Peralta and Covinsky).

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):325-326. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2542

In reply

We welcome this opportunity to clarify some issues and identify areas where the evidence is lacking.

We appreciate the findings from Rozzini and Trabucchi. We agree with their conclusion regarding the importance of tailoring health care decisions to the individual needs of older adults. We look forward to learning from future studies if walking speed—a low-cost, noninvasive, and comprehensive measure of health status—can help inform treatment decisions in this complex population.