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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 3528248, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3528248
Review Article

Current Development in Elderly Comprehensive Assessment and Research Methods

1Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational Research, Ministry of Education, Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine, Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute, Beijing 100142, China
2Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational Research, Ministry of Education, Department of Integrative Medicine and Geriatric Oncology, Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute, Beijing 100142, China

Received 31 August 2015; Accepted 31 January 2016

Academic Editor: Enoch Y. L. Lai

Copyright © 2016 Shantong Jiang and Pingping Li. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a core and an essential part of the comprehensive care of the aging population. CGA uses specific tools to summarize elderly status in several domains that may influence the general health and outcomes of diseases of elderly patients, including assessment of medical, physical, psychological, mental, nutritional, cognitive, social, economic, and environmental status. Here, in this paper, we review different assessment tools used in elderly patients with chronic diseases. The development of comprehensive assessment tools and single assessment tools specially used in a dimension of CGA was discussed. CGA provides substantial insight into the comprehensive management of elderly patients. Developing concise and effective assessment instruments is helpful to carry out CGA widely to create a higher clinical value.