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Table 4 Cancer-specific geriatric assessment (C-SGA) characteristics in theindividual site and total study populations

From: The SAKK cancer-specific geriatric assessment (C-SGA): a pilot study of a brieftool for clinical decision-making in older cancer patients

C-SGA characteristics by study site and totalpopulation
  KSGR KSSG Total population  
N = 25 N = 26 N = 51  
  n (%) P value*
Mean C-SGA score 2.00 ±1.19 2.81 ±0.90 2.4 ±1.12 0.009
C-SGA over cut-off score     
 Yes 7 (28) 17 (65) 24 (47) 0.008
 No 18 (72) 9 (35) 27 (53)  
C-SGA by domain deficits     
Function     
 Yes 14 (56) 18 (69) 32 (63) 0.33
 No 11 (44) 8 (31) 19 (37)  
Psychosocial     
 Yes 1 (4.0) 7 (27) 8 (16) 0.05
 No 24 (96) 19 (73) 43 (16)  
Nutrition     
 Yes 13 (52) 22 (85) 35 (69) 0.02
 No 12 (48) 4 (15) 16 (31)  
Cognition     
 Yes 3 (12) 1 (3.9) 4 (7.8) 0.35
 No 22 (88) 25 (96) 47 (92)  
Comorbidity     
 Yes 19 (76) 25 (96) 44 (86) 0.05
 No 6 (24) 1 (3.9) 7 (14)  
C-SGA association with health-relatedcharacteristics
  Correlation coefficient P value
Age 0.12 0.43
Physician-rated general health 0.39 0.008
Type of treatment −0.38 0.01
Life expectancy −0.32 0.03
WHO performance score 0.63 <0.0001
Health-related characteristics by C-SGA cut-offscore
  Below C-SGA cut-off score Above C-SGA cut-off score  
N = 27 N = 24
  n (%) P value #
Age    
 65–69 years 8 (30) 5 (21) 0.72
 70–79 years 14 (52) 13 (54)  
 80+ years 5 (18) 6 (25)  
Physician-rated general health    
 Excellent/good 18 (67) 7 (32) 0.007
 Fair 8 (30) 7 (32)  
 Poor/very poor 1 (3.7) 8 (36)  
Type of treatment    
 Curative 12 (44) 3 (13) 0.02
 Palliative 15 (56) 21 (87)  
Life expectancy    
 <1 year 7 (30) 13 (54) 0.16
 1–2 years 7 (30) 7 (29)  
 3+ years 9 (39) 4 (17)  
WHO performance score    
 0 16 (59) 3 (12) 0.002
 1 7 (26) 11 (46)  
 2 4 (15) 10 (42)  
  1. C-SGA Cancer-Specific Geriatric Assessment, KSGRKantonsspital Graubünden KSSG Kantonsspital St.Gallen, SD Standard Deviation, WHO World HealthOrganization.
  2. * Test of difference between study sites.
  3. # Test of difference between groups by C-SGA cut-off.