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Geriatric assessment and care for older cancer inpatients admitted in acute care for elders unit.
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PMID:  18774729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to characterize an elderly population admitted to an Acute Care for Elders Unit (ACE) and to determine their trajectory as well as the prevalence of functional dependencies. DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 186 older cancer inpatients, admitted over a period of 30 months. Demographic and oncologic data, reasons for admission, and geriatric assessment (comorbidity, dependency, medication, nutritional status, neurosensory deficits, cognition, mood, and mobility) were recorded. RESULTS: Older cancer inpatients presented a high prevalence of disability, impaired mobility, malnutrition, and depression. Reasons for admission were mostly due to non-specific symptoms. For one-third of the patients, hospitalization led to the diagnosis of cancer. Patients already diagnosed with cancer presented advanced stage disease and progressive disease; only a few received specific care. CONCLUSION: Older cancer inpatients seen in ACE present numerous geriatric problems, non-specific symptoms, and advanced disease.
Frederique Retornaz; Valerie Seux; Vanessa Pauly; Jacques Soubeyrand
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-09-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical reviews in oncology/hematology     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1040-8428     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit. Rev. Oncol. Hematol.     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-17     Completed Date:  2008-12-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916049     Medline TA:  Crit Rev Oncol Hematol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Sainte-Marguerite, 270 Boulevard de Sainte-Marguerite, 13009 Marseilles, France.
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MeSH Terms
Aged / statistics & numerical data*
Aged, 80 and over
Geriatric Assessment / methods*
Health Services for the Aged
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
Inpatients / statistics & numerical data*
Neoplasms / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  therapy
Neuropsychological Tests
Oncology Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
Retrospective Studies

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