HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Method to keep track of cancer comorbidities is successful; may help cancer research

e sicker patients. Cancer staging helps control for the differences in tumor size, but no attempt is made to control for differences in the overall health of the patient.

In 1996, Piccirillo's team developed the Comorbidity Education Program, which includes a training manual, video and data collection forms. The program incorporates the 27 most common comorbid ailments, including the level of severity of these conditions on a four-point scale -- no disease, mild, moderate or severe. This information is combined with data already being collected by registrars, including tumor size and type.

Cancer registrars trained in this program yielded consistent results when validated by a trained research assistant who evaluated the program's success. The average time spent recording information from medical records only increased by about two minutes per record, and post-program questionnaires revealed that registrars found the coding method relatively simple and easy to learn.

The information gathered over the past several years already is being evaluated. For example, patients with severe comorbidity are almost three times more likely to die than patients with no comorbid ailments, even after controlling for tumor site and size and patient age, race and gender.

Because of the importance of comorbidity information in determining treatment and prognosis, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently mandated the collection of this information and the method for its collection. But according to Piccirillo, the CoC's approach, which is based on the ICD-9 coding system used for medical bills, has several key flaws.

First, it does not include information about disease severity. Therefore, an individual with mild diabetes that can be controlled by dietary restrictions receives the same code as an individual with severe diabetes taking daily insulin shots. Medical bills also may omit certain diseases for socio-political reasons (for example, men
'"/>

Contact: Gila Z. Reckess
reckessg@wustl.edu
314-286-0109
Washington University School of Medicine
16-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Method developed to replicate stem cells from the heart
2. Methods used in reporting results of new treatments may be misleading
3. New Method Assesses Risk Of Advanced Cancer After Prostate Removal
4. Researchers At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Develop Method To Detect A Deadly Complication Of Pediatric Transplantation
5. New Chest Pain Evaluation Method Saves Lives, Prevents Costly HospitalizationFor Some Patients
6. Policy Methods For Eliminating Child Labor
7. Yale Medical Students Use Artwork To Sharpen Diagnostic Skills; Innovative Teaching Method Aims To Improve Observation Of Patients
8. KUMC Researchers Announce Breakthrough Method For Predicting Epileptic Seizures
9. RIT takes eye-tracking research to next level
10. Researchers track programs success in curbing aggressive behavior
11. UT Southwestern doctors track Oklahoma Alzheimers patients via telemedicine

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/30/2020)... ... 30, 2020 , ... HashCash Consultants is working with healthcare ... needs of a COVID-riddled world, while shaping a robust healthcare infrastructure fit for ... compliances and augment the caregiving standards through the establishment of an agile, collaborative, ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... 28, 2020 , ... With a growing number of colleges ... housing are scrambling to implement practices that will help reduce residents’ risk of ... on 38 campuses across the country, has researched best practices and identified solutions ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... , ... May 27, 2020 , ... ... private radiology practices in the United States, has aligned with the Strategic Radiology ... the state of Virginia to join the SR coalition, which has 28 member ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... , ... May 26, 2020 ... ... announced the availability of two leading RevSpring solutions—Talksoft® patient messaging and IVR ... platform by engaging patients through automated and precise texts, IVR reminders and ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2020 , ... ... the coronavirus pandemic, medical centers across the United States are joining forces to ... care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives. #FitForTheFrontLine is a national ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2020)... ... 2020 , ... NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, MD ... than 25 years of experience in product design, development, and manufacturing of medical ... expertise includes quality assurance, including ISO 13485 and FDA QSR (21 CFR 820), ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... Md. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2020 , ... Melwood ... of differing abilities to DC area hospitals, food pantries, group homes and nursing homes. ... thank the healthcare workers on the front lines and bring a little cheer to ...
(Date:5/25/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2020 , ... AltMed ... ), continues its statewide expansion with a three-day, Memorial Day Opening, starting Monday May ... Bonita Springs. , During the opening, staggered over three-days for crowd mitigation, all licensed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: