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Table 1 Content of the systematic comprehensive geriatric assessment

From: Systematic comprehensive geriatric assessment in elderly patients on chronic dialysis: a cross-sectional comparative and feasibility study

Geriatric conditions Measurement tool Source Range of scores (cut-off) used
Somatic geriatric conditions   
Polypharmacy Number of different medications medical chart Ordinal, (≥ 5)
Malnutrition Short Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (SNAQ) [18] patient 0 – 7, (≥ 2)
Obesity Body Mass Index (BMI) medical chart Continuous, (>30)
Pain Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) [19] patient 0 – 10
Decubitus Prevention and Pressure Ulcer Risk Score Evaluation (prePURSE) [20] patient and nurse 0-46, (≥20)
Constipation Constipation patient yes or no
Incontinence Presence of incontinence patient yes or no
Falls Two or more falls in the past three months patient yes or no
Co morbidity Charlson co morbidity index [21] medical chart 0–31
Functional geriatric conditions   
ADL functioning Katz ADL index score [22] patient and caregiver 0–6, (≥ 1)
IADL functioning Modified Katz index [23] patient and caregiver 0–9, (≥ 1)
Neurosensory deficits Impairment of hearing and/or vision, regardless of use of glasses or hearing aid patient yes or no
Mobility Requiring help or the use of a walking aid for mobility patient yes or no
Self-perceived Health status EuroQol (EQ-6D) [24] patient 6 items, (decreased if scored “severe” ≥ 1)
Quality of life Visual Analogue Scale in EuroQol-6D [25] patient 0–100
Psychological geriatric conditions   
Global cognitive state Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) [26] patient ≤24/30
Cognitive impairment Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly-short form (IQCODE-SF) [27, 28] caregiver 16 items, score1 – 5, max score 80 (impairment if ≥ 63, or 3.9 (63/16))
Behavioural disturbances Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire (NPI-q) [29] caregiver yes or no
Depressive symptoms Geriatric Depression Scale-15 (GDS-15) [30] patient 0 – 15, ≥6
Delirium Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) [31] nurse 0 – 4, item 1 and 2 plus 3 and/or 4
Social geriatric conditions   
Caregiver burden Experienced Burden of Informal Care (EDIZ) [32] caregiver 0 – 9, ≥ 4
Loneliness De Jong-Gierveldschaal [33] patient ≥3/11 indicates loneliness