The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) process has been designed using the principles set out in the British Geriatric Society CGA Toolkit for Primary Care Practitioners.
The process has been designed to dovetail with other aspects of care planning, Frailty Management, the Co-ordinated Care and Palliative Care Systems.
The CGA template is designed to show the key information which is already recorded. This is especially important when parts of the assessment are carried out by different members of an MDT.
To assess the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Template, either use the search bar in the lower left-hand corner or press F12, search for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment CGA.
The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Template has the following pages:
This page allows the user to record important contacts including: named GP, care coordinator, other professionals, carers (formal or informal), relatives, next of kin, attorneys and other proxy decision makers
This page covers the key elements of the CGA assessment:
- Core data – e.g., height, weight, smoking, alcohol, pulse, BP.
- Performance status – users have the option to use WHO scale or modified Karnowski.
- Frailty – helps users diagnose and categorise frailty.
- Barthel – key ADLS, including continence.
- Behavioural issues.
- Pain – with a link to the Abbey pain scale for those patients who can’t articulate well.
- Falls – allows recording of key information about falls and triage using the FRAT scoring tool.
- Cognition screening – using the 6 CIT test.
- Nutrition – using the MUST screening tool.
- Depression and anxiety screening using Whooley’s two questions and GAD2.
- Waterlow pressure assessment.
- Safeguarding concerns – displays information about potential safeguarding concerns and allows the patient to be added to the unit’s safeguarding register.
- Medication review – a comprehensive polypharmacy medication review system.
A problem list (separate pages for the problem and summary functions to accommodate practices that use each of these systems to maintain their problem lists)
- SCR Consent – allows recording of consent/dissent for sharing via SCR, especially the enhanced SCR.
- Consent to share with others – a place to record which other individuals the patient is happy to share with e.g., relatives.
- Resuscitation – allows recording of resuscitation status and discussions as well as completion and creation of DNACPR forms using the deciding right guidance and forms.
- Preferred place of care and death.
- Other death wishes – including donor status, type of funeral.
- EHCP – allows creation of an Emergency Health Care Plan using the deciding right guidance and forms.
- Advance Decision – allows recording of ADRTs.
- Advance statement – Allows recording of advanced statement which might be simply documentation of the what the patient has expressed to the user or signposting to a more formal document.
- SPN – allows creation of a special patient note to send to the ambulance service to cover key information such as those in this list.
- Capacity Assessment/Best Interests – opens a checklist that guides the user through an assessment of capacity and best interests making decision as well as ensuring this is documented clearly.
- Goals/Health Needs – allows the recording of up to 8 health needs or goals, along with the action to be taken to foster this.
- Care Plan creation – allows the creation of a document (electronic or paper) that acts as a personalised care plan. This includes most of the information from the People Involved and Care Planning sections of the CGA template along with the problem list, medication and allergies. The patients goals are clearly set out.