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Table 1 The geriatric assessment performed at the start of treatment

From: The effect of geriatric intervention in frail elderly patients receiving chemotherapy for colorectal cancer: a randomized trial (GERICO)

Domain Assessment Possible intervention
Multimorbidity Medical record review
Clinical examination
Treatment or referrals
Medication Assessment of medication list based on START/STOPP criteria Discontinuation
Change in dosage
Change in prescription of medication
Psychological function Geriatric depression scale (GDS) Referral to therapy or medication
Cognitive function Minimal Mental State Examination (MMSE) Cognitive evaluation
Social support
Nutritional status Local nutritional screening based on minimal nutrition assessment (MNA) Referral to dietitian
Physical function Gait speed 10 m: (cut off 1 m/s)
Handgrip assessed with the Jamar Dynamometer: (cut off 20 kg for women and 30 kg for men)
Referral to physiotherapist and scheduled program
Functional status Activities of daily living (ADL) Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) Social support
Occupational therapy assessment for equipment needs
Transport support
Laboratory parameters TSH, cbalamin, folat, albumin, vitamin D Treat deficiencies