Suitability of an Organization With an Onco-geriatric Team to a Whole Region (Region Midt) of Denmark
Conditions
Elderly - Cancer
Conditions: Keywords
frailty, oncogeriatrics, Multidisciplinary intervention, multimorbidity, Comprehensive geriatric assessment, patients
Study Type
Interventional
Study Phase
N/A
Study Design
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label
Intervention
Name: Comprehensive geriatric assessment
Type: Other
Overall Status
Recruiting
Summary
A Feasibility study Geriatric assessment applied to patients with cancer of the head and neck, lung cancer, upper gastrointestinal cancer or colo-rectal cancer. On the day of planning the oncologic treatment Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) will be offered to patients aged 70 years and up. Based on the CGA a tailored multidisciplinary intervention is planned with the patients. The study aims 1) to investigate if it is feasible to offer CGA to all elderly (+70 years) patients with the relevant cancer diagnoses as mentioned above in The Central Denmark Region (Region Midt) , 2) to estimate the proportion of frail, vulnerable or fit elderly cancer patients, 3) to investigate the impact of a CGA on the planned oncologic treatment intensity, and 4) to investigate the ability of CGA to predict complications to cancer treatment within a three months period.
Detailed Description
Aim:

The study aims 1)to investigate if it is feasible to offer CGA to all elderly (+70 years) patients with the relevant cancer diagnoses as mentioned above in The Central Denmark Region (Region Midt) , 2) to estimate the proportion of frail, vulnerable or fit elderly cancer patients, 3) to investigate the impact of a CGA on the planned oncologic treatment intensity and 4)to investigate the ability of CGA to predict complications to cancer treatment within a three months period.

Method:

All patients referred to the oncology Departement aged 70 years or more with cancer of the head and neck, lung cancer, upper gastrointestinal cancer or colo-rectal cancer, Living in the Central Denmark Region (Region Midt) are offered af Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) on the day of the visit to the oncology outpatient Clinic. Prior to the first visit to the oncology department, the patients are informed that a CGA is planned..The CGA will take place at the outpatient clinic. The results of the CGA, the eventual medical changes and recommendations regarding e.g. initiation of nutritional supplementation, home-care referral or referral to e.g. physiotherapist will be forwarded to the general practitioner and to the oncologist in charge of the treatment.

Outcome:

1. The possibility of offering CGA to elderly cancer patients in a larger area, the proportion of patients offered CGA by the oncogeriatric team compared to the actual number of elderly cancer patients assessed by oncologists during a three months period.

2. The number of frail vs. vulnerable vs. fit persons is estimated from hospital records and the CGA observations. Their dependency in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities og Daily Living (IADL), their cognitive, depressive and nutritional status and the medication problems are registered as well as the changes in patient´s medication.

3. The impact of CGA on the oncologist´s treatment plan.

4. The Complications, defined as discontinuation of treatment, hospitalization for other reasons than planned cancer treatment, or death, within the first three month following CGA.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 60 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- 70 years or older

- Patients from Central Denmark Region (Region Midtjylland)

- Lung cancer, Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer, cancer of head and neck and Colo-Rectal Cancer

- referred for assessment of treatment to the oncological department at Aarhus University Hospital.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients referred to specialized palliative care at the first visit to the oncological outpatient clinic.
Location
Geriatric Department Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus, Denmark
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Marianne Ørum, MD - +45 3046 3669
Start Date
January 2015
Completion Date
December 2015
Sponsors
University of Aarhus
Source
University of Aarhus
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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