Prospective Validation of the Use of the Freund Clock Drawing Test (CDT) to Screen for Cognitive Dysfunction in Cancer Patients Undergoing Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)
Design: A prospective, observational, cohort study. All geriatric patients who are diagnosed
with cancer will be screened by an oncology clinical nurse specialist or study collaborator
with the G8 questionnaire. Patients who screen positive, will be refered to the
multi-disciplinary onco-geriatric program where a member of the geriatric oncology team will
implement a comprehensive geriatric evaluation under supervision of an oncologist and/or
geriatrician, who will then formulate recommendations and might suggest referral to other
health care providers.
Population: All consenting patients, aged ≥ 70, who are referred for anti-cancer treatment
in the General Hospital Groeninge and who are in need of a CGA.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Validation of the Freund Clock Drawing Test, and its predefined cut-off of ≤ 4, as a screening tool to identify elderly cancer patients in need of a more in-depth cognitive evaluation with the Folstein MMSE within comprehensive geriatric assessment
Validation of the Freund Clock Drawing Test by use of Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis
Belgium: Ethics Committee