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01.03.2018 | Geriatric Oncology (AR MacKenzie, Section Editor) | Ausgabe 3/2018

Current Oncology Reports 3/2018

Using Information Technology in the Assessment and Monitoring of Geriatric Oncology Patients

Zeitschrift:
Current Oncology Reports > Ausgabe 3/2018
Autoren:
Kah Poh Loh, Colin McHugh, Supriya G. Mohile, Karen Mustian, Marie Flannery, Heidi Klepin, Rebecca Schnall, Eva Culakova, Erika Ramsdale
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Geriatric Oncology
All statements in this report, including its findings and conclusions, are solely those of the authors, do not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), its Board of Governors, or Methodology Committee.

Abstract

Purpose of Review

Older adults with cancer have complex medical needs and often experience higher rates of treatment-related toxicities compared to their younger counterparts. The advent of health information technologies can address multiple gaps in the care of this population. We review the role of existing and emerging technologies in facilitating the use of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in routine clinics, promoting symptom reporting, and monitoring medication adherence.

Recent Findings

Increasingly, studies demonstrate the feasibility of implementing electronic CGA in routine oncology practices. Evidence also suggests that electronic symptom reporting can improve outcomes in patients with cancer. In addition, technology devices can be used to promote adherence to cancer therapy.

Summary

There are many opportunities for information technology to be integrated into the management and treatment of older adults with cancer. However, further evaluation of these technologies is needed to ensure that they meet the needs of the targeted end users.

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