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Introducing the v-RFA, a voice assistant-based geriatric assessment

      A well-established tool for assessing fitness in older adults with cancer is geriatric assessment (GA) [
      • Korc-Grodzicki B.
      • Holmes H.M.
      • Shahrokni A.
      Geriatric assessment for oncologists.
      ]. We developed a web-based electronic Rapid Fitness Assessment (eRFA) [
      • Korc-Grodzicki B.
      • Holmes H.M.
      • Shahrokni A.
      Geriatric assessment for oncologists.
      ,
      • Shahrokni A.
      • et al.
      Electronic rapid fitness assessment: a novel tool for preoperative evaluation of the geriatric oncology patient.
      ] to assess preoperative fitness. While 90% of our patients expressed a strong preference for completing the eRFA instead of the paper-based GA, approximately 50% of them used some degree of assistance to complete the eRFA. Not surprisingly, our preliminary data shows that frailer patients used more assistance. This finding is important as non-completion of GA tools such as the eRFA may result in undiagnosed or undertreated frailty, which would have a negative impact on outcomes.

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