New research: SPICT prognostic value in older hospitalised patients

A recent multicentre, cohort study from Professor Ruth Piers and her colleagues at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium showed:

“SPICT may be used as a tool to identify older hospitalised patients at risk of dying within 1 year and who may benefit from a palliative care approach including advance care planning.”

They concluded that SPICT has similar prognostic accuracy in older hospitalised persons to the widely used Clinical Frailty Scale, but head-to-head comparisons
are needed. The hazard of dying was three times higher in older SPICT-identified patients.

The paper is open access at: https://spcare.bmj.com/content/early/2021/05/31/bmjspcare-2021-003042