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Geriatric assessments

Mohammed Saji Salahudeen, Prasad S Nishtala
OBJECTIVE: To summarize studies that used the international Resident Assessment home care instrument (interRAI HC) to examine study outcomes for older people. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic search was performed to identify relevant studies, using five databases from 1990 until October 2016. The Cochrane Risk-Bias assessment tool and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used to assess the quality of RCTs and non-RCTs, respectively. RESULTS: Based on the full-text analysis, 40 studies met the inclusion criteria out of 506 total records...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
Yan Liang, Yang-Kun Chen, Vincent Chung-Tong Mok, De-Feng Wang, Gabor S Ungvari, Winnie Chiu-Wing Chu, Hee-Ju Kang, Wai-Kwong Tang
Objective: All types of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) markers including lacune, white matter hyperintensities (WMH), cerebral microbleeds, and perivascular spaces were found to be associated with poststroke depressive symptoms (PDS). This study explored whether the combination of the four markers constituting an overall SVD burden was associated with PDS. Methods: A cohort of 563 patients with acute ischemic stroke were followed over a 15-month period after the index stroke. A score of ≥7 on the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale was defined as clinically significant PDS...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Daniel W Yokom, Shabbir M H Alibhai, Schroder Sattar, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Martine T E Puts
INTRODUCTION: Screening tools in geriatric oncology have traditionally been studied for their ability to identify patients who have abnormal domains on a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). However, an alternative outcome of identifying patients who would receive CGA-based interventions could improve selection of patients whose management will be altered by a CGA. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of three geriatric oncology screening tools for their ability to predict for CGA-based interventions...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Aakriti Gupta, Umesh Kapil, Ritika Khandelwal, Preetika Khenduja, Neha Sareen, Ravindra Mohan Pandey, Ashish Datt Upadhyay
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and risk factors of underweight, overweight and obesity among a geriatric population living in a high-altitude region of India. DESIGN: Community-based cross-sectional study. Data were collected on sociodemographic profile and anthropometric parameters. Weight and height measurements were utilized for calculation of BMI. Nutrient intake data were collected using 24 h dietary recall. SETTING: High-altitude region of Nainital District, Uttarakhand State, North India...
March 15, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
Marianna Galeazzi, Paolo Mazzola, Breanna Valcarcel, Giuseppe Bellelli, Marco Dinelli, Giulio Maria Pasinetti, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: The incidence of biliary tract pathology is growing with an age-related trend, and progresses as the population ages. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) represents the gold standard for treatment in these cases, but evidence about its safety in the elderly is still debated. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical records of all patients aged ≥65 undergoing ERCP between July 2013 and July 2015. Of 387 ERCP cases, 363 (~ 94%) were completed entirely...
March 14, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Tyler Sheetz, Cheryl T Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the population ages, urologic oncologists are caring for older and more vulnerable patients that must withstand complex surgical treatments. Our healthcare environment emphasizes surgical quality, reductions in length of hospital stay, reduced readmission rates, and high patient satisfaction. So those who manage urologic malignancies must be able to optimize their patients. Understanding the concept of frailty, how to diagnose it in a timely and reliable manner, appreciate its perioperative impact, and consider interventions to reduce its effects may improve surgical outcomes...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Albert Ariza-Solé, Carme Guerrero, Francesc Formiga, Jaime Aboal, Emad Abu-Assi, Francisco Marín, Héctor Bueno, Oriol Alegre, Ramón López-Palop, María T Vidán, Manuel Martínez-Sellés, Pablo Díez-Villanueva, Pau Vilardell, Alessandro Sionis, Miquel Vives-Borrás, Juan Sanchís, Jordi Bañeras, Agnès Rafecas, Cinta Llibre, Javier López, Violeta González-Salvado, Àngel Cequier
BACKGROUND:  Bleeding risk scores have shown a limited predictive ability in elderly patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). No study explored the role of a comprehensive geriatric assessment to predict in-hospital bleeding in this clinical setting. METHODS:  The prospective multicentre LONGEVO-SCA registry included 532 unselected patients with non-ST segment elevation ACS (NSTEACS) aged 80 years or older. Comorbidity (Charlson index), frailty (FRAIL scale), disability (Barthel index and Lawton-Brody index), cognitive status (Pfeiffer test) and nutritional risk (mini nutritional assessment-short form test) were assessed during hospitalization...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Mulugeta Melku, Wondimu Asefa, Ahmed Mohamednur, Tesfahun Getachew, Bayechish Bazezew, Meseret Workineh, Bamlaku Enawgaw, Belete Biadgo, Zegeye Getaneh, Debasu Damtie, Betelihem Terefe
Objective: This study is aimed at assessing the magnitude and its associated factors of anemia in geriatric population visiting outpatient department at the University of Gondar referral hospital, northwest Ethiopia. Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted among elder patients in Gondar town, North Gondar District, in May 2013. A total of 200 randomly selected geriatric population participated in the study. Summary statistics were computed and presented in tables and figure...
2018: Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Izabela Wróblewska, Iwona Zborowska, Anna Dąbek, Robert Susło, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Jarosław Drobnik
Background: The incidence of chronic diseases increases with age; about 73% of people who are aged ≥60 years suffer from at least 1 chronic disease, and among those older than 70 years, chronic diseases afflict more than >84% of the population. According to epidemiological data, at least 4 chronic disease types coexist in senior citizens, causing their disability. These are mainly cardiovascular diseases; motor system diseases; ophthalmological, auditory, neurological, and mental diseases; and mental impairment...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Yolanda K Mueller, Stefanie Monod, Isabella Locatelli, Christophe Büla, Jacques Cornuz, Nicolas Senn
BACKGROUND: Geriatric syndromes are rarely detected in family medicine. Within the AGE program (active geriatric evaluation), a brief assessment tool (BAT) designed for family physicians (FP) was developed and its diagnostic performance estimated by comparison to a comprehensive geriatric assessment. METHODS: This prospective diagnostic study was conducted in four primary care sites in Switzerland. Participants were aged at least 70 years and attending a routine appointment with their physician, without previous documented geriatric assessment...
March 13, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Souheil Hallit, Rabih Hallit, Marie-Claude Daher, Dory Hachem, Nelly Kheir, Pascale Salameh
BACKGROUND/AIM: Although the rates of depression and anxiety disorders have been shown to be higher in older people, especially those living in institutional settings, most of this population remains undiagnosed and untreated. The objective is to translate the full-scale Geriatric Depression Scale (30 items, GDS) into Arabic for use in elderly patients in Lebanon, to check its validity and reproducibility in comparison to the original version of the questionnaire, and assess the risk factors associated with depression in the Lebanese geriatric population...
March 13, 2018: Psychopathology
Juliana Bonilla-Velez, Mariah Small, Francisco J Bonilla-Escobar, Matthew Sharum, Ozlem E Tulunay-Ugur
Objective To compare voice and swallowing outcomes after treatment in younger adult (<65 years) and geriatric (≥65 years) patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP). Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Tertiary care center. Subjects and Methods The cases of patients presenting to a tertiary voice clinic with UVFP between June 2005 and February 2015 were reviewed. Clinical characteristics and outcomes in a geriatric subset were compared with those in younger adult group. Results A total of 206 patients met our inclusion criteria (n = 110, <65 years; n = 96, ≥65 years)...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Phillip M Mitchell, Cory A Collinge, David E O'Neill, Jesse E Bible, Hassan R Mir
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether sarcopenia is an independent predictor of mortality in geriatric acetabular fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: ACS Level I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: One hundred and forty-six patients over the age 60 with acetabular fractures treated at our institution over a 12-year period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: The primary outcome was 1-year mortality, collected using the Social Security Death Index...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Sławomir Tobis, Krystyna Jaracz, Dorota Talarska, Sylwia Kropińska, Ewa Zasadzka, Mariola Pawlaczyk, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis, Ian Philp, Aleksandra Suwalska
EASYCare Standard 2010 is a brief instrument identifying concerns in health, functional independence, and well-being, from older persons' perspective. It has not previously been validated for self-assessment. Our aim was to determine whether self-assessment (EC1) can give comparable results to an evaluation performed by professionals (EC2), for older people living at home. The study included community-dwelling individuals (aged at least 60 years, n  = 100; 67 females) without dementia (abbreviated mental test score [AMTS] above 6)...
March 2018: European Journal of Ageing
Priyanka Amonkar, Madhavi Jogesh Mankar, Pandurang Thatkar, Pradeep Sawardekar, Rajesh Goel, Seema Anjenaya
Background: The traditional concept of family in India to provide support to the elderly is changing soon with disintegration of joint families. In this scenario the concept of old age homes (OAHs) is gaining momentum and the number of people seeking OAH care is rapidly increasing. However, not much is known about the quality of life (QOL) of Indian elderly staying in the OAH setup. Objectives: To assess and compare the Health status, Quality of Life and Depression in elderly people living in OAHs & within family using WHOQOL -OLD questionnaire & Geriatric Depression Scale...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
John P Moriarty, Barry J Wu, Eileen Blake, Christine M Ramsey, Chandrika Kumar, Stephen Huot, Andrea Rink, Lisa M Walke
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March 9, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Erika Ramsdale, Tatyana Lemelman, Kah Poh Loh, Marie Flannery, Lee Kehoe, Teraisa Mullaney, Megan Wells, Nikesha Gilmore, Sandy Plumb, Supriya Mohile
OBJECTIVES: Polypharmacy (PP) and potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) are common in older adults with cancer, increasing the risk of adverse outcomes. Approaches to identifying and addressing PP/PIM are needed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients ≥70 years with advanced cancer were enrolled in this cluster-randomized study. All underwent geriatric assessment (GA), and oncologists randomized to the intervention arm received GA-driven recommendations; no information was provided to oncologists at usual care sites...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Renaud Sabatier, Emanuel Nicolas, Maria Paciencia, Annie-Pierre Jonville-Béra, Anne Madroszyk, Maud Cecile, Cecile Braticevic, Ségolène Duran, Louis Tassy, Franck Rouby, Joëlle Micallef, Frédérique Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab is approved worldwide as second-line treatment for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite the fact that most of these cancers are being diagnosed in the older patients, few of the patients were included in pivotal trials. We aimed to describe efficacy and safety in a "real-world" older population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from older patients (≥70 years old) with advanced or metastatic NSCLC treated with Nivolumab in our institution...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Beatrice J Edwards, Xiaotao Zhang, Ming Sun, Holly M Holmes, Leena Ketonen, Nandita Guha, Peter Khalil, Juhee Song, Shelli Kesler, Jay B Shah, Debasish Tripathy, Vicente Valero, Richard E Champlin
OBJECTIVE: To assess cognitive function in older adults undergoing cancer care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study, in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in older adults undergoing cancer care. Comprehensive geriatric assessments were conducted prior to surgery, chemotherapy or allogeneic stem cell transplantation, at the Program for Healthy Aging from January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015. Cognitive assessment was conducted through personal and family interview, and the Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Manabu Akahane, Akie Maeyashiki, Yasuhito Tanaka, Tomoaki Imamura
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the impact of musculoskeletal diseases, depressive mental state, and hypertension on locomotive syndrome, a condition of reduced mobility requiring nursing care. Since locomotive syndrome is a major public health issue that needs attention, its relationship with functional inconvenience in performing daily activities was also investigated. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using an Internet panel survey, comprising 747 persons aged 30-90 years...
March 12, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
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