Electronic Geriatric Assessment: Is It Feasible in a Multi-Institutional Study That Included a Notable Proportion of Older African American Patients? (Alliance A171603).

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

PURPOSE: This study determined whether an electronic version of the geriatric assessment is feasible in a multi-institutional, diverse setting. METHODS: Ten sites within the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology participated. Patients who had active cancer or a history of cancer and were 65 years of age or older were eligible. The geriatric assessment was completed with an electronic data capture system that had been loaded onto iPads. Feasibility was defined a priori as completion in at least 70% of patients either with or without help. To enhance racial diversity, the original sample size was later changed and augmented by 50% with the intention of increasing enrollment of older minority patients. RESULTS: A total of one hundred fifty-four patients were registered with a median age of 72 years (range, 65-91 years). Forty-three (28%) identified themselves as African American or Black. One hundred forty-one patients (92%) completed the electronic geriatric assessment. Feasibility was observed across all subgroups, regardless of race, education, performance status, comorbidities, and cognition; 124 patients (81%) completed the geriatric assessment without help. Reasons for not completing the geriatric assessment are as follows: clinic visit did not occur (n = 6), no iPad connection to the Internet (n = 3), patient declined (n = 2), prolonged hospitalization (n = 1), and patient died (n = 1). Reasons for needing help, as reported by study personnel, were as follows: the patient preferred that research personnel ask the questions (n = 9), vision problem (n = 3), lack of comfort with the iPad (n = 2), questions were not clear (n = 1), less proficient in English (n = 1), and challenge in pressing the green button to go to the next question (n = 1). CONCLUSION: The electronic geriatric assessment is feasible in a multi-institutional setting that includes a notable proportion of African American or Black patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Guerard, E; Dodge, AB; Le-Rademacher, JG; Kemeny, MM; Ojelabi, M; Sedrak, MS; Hopkins, J; Shahrokni, A; Harlos, E; Muss, H; Cohen, HJ; Lafky, J; Sloan, J; Jatoi, A; Hurria, A

Published Date

  • April 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Start / End Page

  • 435 - 441

PubMed ID

  • 33852323

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8240783

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2473-4276

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/CCI.20.00163


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States