Author(s): MolinaGarrido MJ, GuillnPonce C
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a key component of the treatment approach for older cancer patients. The goals of the current study were to develop a brief but non-self-administered cancer-specific geriatric assessment and to determine its feasibility, as measured by (1) the length of time to completion and (2) patient satisfaction. METHODS: The literature was reviewed to select validated scales for geriatric assessment across the following domains: functional status, co-morbidity, cognition, social support and risk of malnutrition. Oncologic patients older than 70 years were included in the study. RESULTS: The instrument was completed by 99 patients (mean age, 78.65 yrs). The mean time to completion of that was 12.9 min (range, 9.5-20.5 min). Most patients were satisfied with its length (63.6\%), and most considered it fairly easy to complete (69.7\%). CONCLUSIONS: The designed CGA was accepted by most patients and was not perceived to be overly time-consuming. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Crit Rev Oncol Hematol
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy