In June 2018, FrailSafe met 16 physiotherapists of the University Hospital in Graz (Austria) at the neurological department to discuss frailty, its effects on older persons and how it impacts treatment outcomes during and after a hospital stay.
After a general introduction and discussion on what frailty is, how it can be described, what the motor symptoms are that physiotherapists observe in their daily practice and how it influences recovery after a neurologic event and its connected hospital admission, a more specific discussion of the FrailSafe solution followed. The role of technology in monitoring health conditions such as frailty and the involved devices were explored. The participants have not been working with this kind of new technology in cooperation with other disciplines and their patients before and have shown interest in understanding how it works. They have identified potential added value in early detection of some symptoms and its development.
Some concerns were raised about data donation and data protection, which are issues the consortium partners are well aware of and are working on in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.