We investigated the prevalence and risk factors for frailty among people with HIV (PWH) in rural Uganda (n = 55, 47% male, mean age 44 years). Frailty was defined according to the Fried criteria with self-reported physical activity level replacing the Minnesota Leisure Time Activity Questionnaire. Alternate classifications for physical activity utilized were the sub-Saharan Africa Activity Questionnaire and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Eleven participants (19%) were frail. Frail participants were older (p < 0.001), less likely to be on antiretroviral therapy (p = 0.03), and had higher rates of depression (p <.001) and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (p = 0.003). Agreement between physical activity measures was sub-optimal. Prevalence of frailty was high among PWH in rural Uganda, but larger sample sizes and local normative data are needed.
- Global Health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience