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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1023-1026

Agreement analysis between three different short geriatric screening scales in patients undergoing chemotherapy for solid tumors

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Division of Clinical Research and Biostatistics, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kerala, India

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Dr. Kumar Prabhash
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.179062

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Background: Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in routine practice is not logistically feasible. Short geriatric screening tools are available for selecting patients for CGA. However none of them is validated in India. In this analysis we aim to compare the level of agreement between three commonly used short screening tools (Flemish version of TRST (fTRST), G8 and VES-13. Methods: Patients ≥65 years with a solid tumor malignancy undergoing cancer directed treatment were interviewed between March 2013 to July 2014. Geriatric screening with G8, fTRST and VES-13 tools was performed in these patients. G8 score ≤14, fTRST score ≥1 and VES-13 score ≥3 were taken as indicators for the presence of a high risk geriatric profile respectively. R version 3.1.2 was used for analysis. Cohen kappa agreement statistics was used to compare the agreement between the 3 tools. p value of 0.05 was taken as significant. Results: The kappa statistics value for agreement between G8 score and fTRST, between VES-13 and fTRST and between VES-13 and G8 were 0.12 (P = 0.04), 0.16 (P = 0.07) and 0.05 (P = 0.45) respectively. It was found that maximum agreement was observed for VES-13 and fTRST. The agreement value of VES-13 and fTRST observed was 59.44 %(39.63% for high risk profile and 19.81% for low risk profile). The agreement value of G-8 and fTRST was 39.62% (2.83% only for high risk profile and 36.79% for low risk profile). The lowest agreement was between G8 and VES-13, 35.84% (7.54% for high risk detection and 28.30% for low risk detection). Conclusion: There was poor agreement (in view of kappa value been below 0.2) between the 3 short geriatric screening tools. Research needs to be directed to compare the agreement level between these 3 scales and CGA, so that the appropriate short screening tool can be selected for routine use.

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