Cancer and Aging

2021-2030 Objectives & Strategies

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Objectives & Strategies

Objective 1: By 2030, conduct two statewide assessments among cancer specialists to determine rates of Geriatric Assessment, or components thereof (e.g., frailty and/or functional stratification) according to national guidelines.

Strategies
· Develop a system to evaluate if a geriatric assessment tool or components thereof are being used in older adult cancer care delivery.

· Analyze data collected from the statewide assessment to identify strengths and gaps in geriatric assessment use and delivery among older adults with cancer.

· Develop and implement educational programs to increase healthcare provider knowledge regarding a geriatric assessment.

· Work with existing community-based organizations to develop comprehensive cancer and aging campaign for older adults with cancer.

· Evaluate Medicare geriatric assessment wellness exam rates among older adults with cancer.

· Create an online presence for Ohio that links to established national resources (e.g., National Comprehensive Cancer Network) that describes a geriatric assessment to increase awareness about comprehensive cancer care in concert with age-related health changes for patients, caregivers, and healthcare teams.

 

Objective 2: By 2025, conduct two statewide assessments of cancer screening rates and guideline consistency for older adults with cancer (specifically cancer screening when less than or equal to 65 years of age and/or diagnosed with malignancy).

Strategies
· Develop an assessment tool to determine if healthcare providers are following older adult cancer screening recommendations.

· Analyze data collected from the statewide assessment to identify barriers and over or under screening among older adults with cancer.

· Conduct healthcare provider education events with targeted physician specialist groups regarding established cancer screening guidelines (e.g., National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Preventive Oncology).

· Develop and disseminate promotional materials to increase awareness about cancer screening services including methods to locate local programs.

Objectives and Strategies

Objective 1: By 2030, conduct two statewide assessments among cancer specialists to determine rates of Geriatric Assessment, or components thereof (e.g., frailty and/or functional stratification) according to national guidelines.

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