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Malnutrition in Older Adults - screening, assessment and management
Frailty - integrated care for older people with frailty, frailty identification and treatment
Intrinsic Capacity in Older Adults
Sarcopenia (muscle mass, strength and functional loss)

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Research Interests

Frailty, Sarcopenia & Malnutrition

Health Systems Research

Exercise Physiology

Personal profile

Dr Elsa Dent is a former NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2016 to 2020) and a current Senior Research Fellow in Public Health and Health Systems research. Her research focuses on frailty and sarcopenia in older adults. She also has a keen research interest into integrating healthcare systems, including supporting older adults with frailty so that they can receive best care and avoid any unnecessary hospitalisations.

In 2023, Dr Dent published a first-author Review in the Lancet on Malnutrition in Older Adults: authors.elsevier.com/c/1gV21V-4XHIUD

Dr Dent was recently interviewed by MJA Iinsight on the topic of frailty in olders: https://www.doctorportal.com.au/mjainsight/2017/48/emerging-focus-on-frailty/

In 2019, Dr Dent led a Series on frailty in older people for the Lancet: Management of frailty: opportunities, challenges, and future directions - The Lancet

In an international collaborative effort during 2018, Dr Dent authored evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for identifying and managing sarcopenia in older adults: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12603-018-1139-9

In 2017, Dr Dent collaborated with several international experts on frailty to write evidence-based clinical practice guideilnes for frailty: https://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610(17)30241-4/abstract

Dr Dent is an expert panel member of Qld Health's FRAIL Collaborative: https://clinicalexcellence.qld.gov.au/improvement-exchange/frail-collaborative

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, The University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Applied Science Human Movement Studies - Exercise Science (Hons), Bachelor

External positions

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, The University of Adelaide

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland

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