In 2021, the REFiT-BCN group published a total of 16 articles stemming from its 3 lines of research: frailty and cognitive decline; rehabilitation and functional recovery; and transitional care models and readmissions. Publications also reflected initial findings from its studies on the effects of COVID-19 in frail populations.
Two key projects were completed: IMAGINE, an RCT on motivational interviews for improving stroke patient adherence to rehabilitation; and +AGIL, a pragmatic integrated care intervention featuring digital tools to promote physical activity in older adults, relevant in light of the pandemic situation. Ongoing projects included RECOGNISED, funded by the European Commission, and FRONT STAGE, funded by the Carlos III Health Institute and by the Catalan Board of Physical Therapists. Finally, new competitive funding was obtained from the Spanish Cancer Society (AECC) for the PROFIT Study and from the Board of Pharmacists of Barcelona (COFB) for the AMIDA study.

Group Leader
Marco Inzitari

Principal Investigator (PI)
Ana Maria De Andrés Lázaro, Carmina Castellano Tejedor, Laura Mónica Pérez Bazán, Neus Gual Tarrada, Xavier Clèries Costa

Alessandro Morandi, Almudena Medina Rincón, Dani Sevilla Sánchez, Hugo Badani, Josep Majo Llopart, Laura García Ortiz de Uriarte, Núria Bernaus Miquel

PhD Students
Ana Maria Barrios Franquesa, Cristina Arnal Carda, Cristina Udina Argilaga, Joan Ars Ricart, Júlia Vázquez de Sebastián, Lorena Villa García, Luis Ignacio Soto Bagaria, Oriol Miralles Resina

Lab Technicians
Míriam Mota Foix, Paula Espí Vallbé

Nursing and Technical Staff
Anna Monsó Monsó, Eva Llarch Pinell, Míriam Colominas Callejas








Mazzola P, Tassistro E, Di Santo S, Rossi E, Andreano A, Valsecchi MG, Cherubini A, Marengoni A, Mossello E, Bo M, Inzitari M, Di Bari M, Udina C, Latronico N, Paolillo C, Morandi A, Bellelli G.
The relationship between frailty and delirium: insights from the 2017 Delirium Day study.
Age Ageing. 2021 Sep 11;50(5):1593-1599.
DOI: DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afab042.
IF: 10.67

Ribbink ME, Gual N, MacNeil-Vroomen JL, Ars Ricart J, Buurman BM, Inzitari M; AGCH-Study Group.
Two European Examples of Acute Geriatric Units Located Outside of a General Hospital for Older Adults With Exacerbated Chronic Conditions.
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jun;22(6):1228-1234.
DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.12.034.
IF: 4.67

Morandi A, Inzitari M, Udina C, Gual N, Mota M, Tassistro E, Andreano A, Cherubini A, Gentile S, Mossello E, Marengoni A, Olivé A, Riba F, Ruiz D, de Jaime E, Bellelli G; Italian Study Group of Delirium.
Visual and Hearing Impairment Are Associated With Delirium in Hospitalized Patients: Results of a Multisite Prevalence Study.
J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jun;22(6):1162-1167.e3.
DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.09.032.
IF: 4.67

Udina C, Ayers E, Inzitari M, Verghese J.
Walking While Talking and Prefrontal Oxygenation in Motoric Cognitive Risk Syndrome: Clinical and Pathophysiological Aspects.
J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;84(4):1585-1596.
DOI: DOI: 10.3233/JAD-210239.
IF: 4.47

Pérez LM, Castellano-Tejedor C, Cesari M, Soto-Bagaria L, Ars J, Zambom-Ferraresi F, Baró S, Díaz-Gallego F, Vilaró J, Enfedaque MB, Espí-Valbé P, Inzitari M.
Depressive Symptoms, Fatigue and Social Relationships Influenced Physical Activity in Frail Older Community-Dwellers during the Spanish Lockdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jan 19;18(2):808.
DOI: DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18020808.
IF: 3.39

Motivational intervention for older adults undergoing inpatient post-stroke geriàtric rehabilitation and in transition to home (Intervenció Motivacional per a Ancians en rehabilitació Geriàtrica post-Ictus durant iNgrés i En transició cap al domicili) (IMAGINE study)
Principal Investigator: Marco Inzitari
Agency: Marató de TV3 (2017)
Funding: 172,760€
Period: 2018-2021

Retinal and cognitive dysfunction in type 2 diabetes: unraveling the common pathways and identification of patients at risk of dementia-RECOGNISED Project
Principal Investigator: Rafael Simó Canonge
Agency: European Commission Horizon 2020
Funding: 5,998,272.50€
Period: 2020-2023

Pre-FRONTal brain STability, key for action against disability in AGing: The FRONT STAGE Project
Principal Investigator: Marco Inzitari
Agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III – AES PIS
Funding: 123,420€
Period: 2020-2022

+AGIL: integrated care for frail older adults in the community
Principal Investigator: Marco Inzitari
Agency: Ajuntament de Barcelona & Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB) – BCN Ciència
Funding: 147,609.45€
Period: 2020-2021

PeRsonalizando el abordaje del paciente Oncológico Frágil a través de la evaluación e Intervención individualizada (Estudio PROFIT)
Principal Investigator: Marco Inzitari
Agency: Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer
Funding: 298,500€
Period: 2021-2023