Princess Alexandra Hospital model of comprehensive geriatric assessment of cancer patients : methodological and logistical aspects

McCarthy, Alexandra L., Berry, Robyn, Stone, Leanne M., Walpole, Euan, Thompson, Damien B., Bedford, Margaret, & Cook, Peta S. (2013) Princess Alexandra Hospital model of comprehensive geriatric assessment of cancer patients : methodological and logistical aspects. Cancer Forum, 37(3), pp. 206-209.

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There is increasing momentum in cancer care to implement a two stage assessment process that accurately determines the ability of older patients to cope with, and benefit from, chemotherapy. The two-step approach aims to ensure that patients clearly fit for chemotherapy can be accurately identified and referred for treatment without undergoing a time- and resource-intensive comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). Ideally, this process removes the uncertainty of how to classify and then appropriately treat the older cancer patient. After trialling a two-stage screen and CGA process in the Division of Cancer Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in 2011-2012, we implemented a model of oncogeriatric care based on our findings. In this paper, we explore the methodological and practical aspects of implementing the PAH model and outline further work needed to refine the process in our treatment context.

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ID Code: 63827
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0311-306X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Cancer Council of Australia
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2013 22:32
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 02:57

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