Author(s): Overcash JA, Beckstead J, Extermann M, Cobb S
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Abstract BACKGROUND: A comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multidimensional assessment that is designed to detect health problems. A barrier to conducting the CGA is the length of time required to complete the entire assessment. OBJECTIVE: To understand what items contained in the instruments that make up the CGA could be compiled to construct an abbreviated CGA (aCGA). DESIGN/SETTING: A retrospective chart review of patients at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. PARTICIPANTS: Over 500 charts between 1995 and 2001 were reviewed on patients 70 and over. MEASUREMENTS: Item-to-total correlations and Cronbach's alpha coefficient were calculated. Construct validity was assessed using a Pearson's product moment correlation coefficient. RESULTS: Fifteen items were compiled to form the aCGA. Cronbach's alpha was 0.65-0.92 on each instrument of the entire CGA compared to 0.70-0.94 on the aCGA. Correlations ranged from 0.84 to 0.96 for the entire CGA and the aCGA. CONCLUSION: An aCGA can be helpful in screening for those seniors who would benefit from the entire CGA.
This article was published in Crit Rev Oncol Hematol
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy