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Should Fitness Trackers Be Used to Assess Performance Status in Patients With Cancer?

Tony Berberabe, MPH @OncBiz_Wiz
Published: Sunday, Sep 23, 2018
Gillian Gresham, PhD

Gillian Gresham, PhD

Using wearable activity monitors may eventually supplement standard assessments of performance status (PS) and functionality that could inform clinicians, especially because objective evaluation of PS is difficult to determine. Patients spend most of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to providers, and undergo changes throughout treatment. Findings from a recent study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles, California, demonstrated the feasibility of using these wrist-worn devices to correlate with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) PS and Karnofsky PS (KPS) scales.1 PS is affected by bias, resulting in patient activity being over- or underreported, which can affect short- and long-term treatment plans and clinical trial eligibility.

 

Heat Map of Average Activity Intensity for Each Patient Over a 24-hour Period, as Measured by a Wearable Activity Monitor and Sorted by ECOG PS Categories

Heat Map of Average Activity Intensity for Each Patient Over a 24-hour Period, as Measured by a Wearable Activity Monitor and Sorted by ECOG PS Categories

 


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