Limited Physician Knowledge of Sarcopenia: A Survey
|5 December 2023
This video summarizes the AIM study, which helps advance the understanding, awareness, and use of screening and diagnostic tools for sarcopenia by US physicians.
Sarcopenia is a debilitating condition that increases the risk of adverse outcomes in the aging population, such as falls, functional decline, and reduced quality of life. It was initially defined as low muscle mass, estimated from lean mass obtained by dual x-ray absorptiometry. The definition has been further expanded to include decreased function as measured by strength and/or physical performance. The Aging in Motion (AIM) survey was an online survey of board-certified physicians to assess their familiarity with the term sarcopenia. The results showed a gap in familiarity with sarcopenia among practitioner specialties and additional deficiencies in sarcopenia knowledge and practices.