Assessing a patient’s functional status is critical for determining cancer prognosis, treatment, and clinical trial eligibility.1 Performance status (PS) measures summarize a patient’s ability to independently perform activities of daily living (ADLs). We applied natural language processing (NLP) to electronic health records (EHRs) to examine PS documentation among patients newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer in a large health care delivery system.
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Agaronnik N, Lindvall C, El-Jawahri A, He W, Iezzoni L. Use of Natural Language Processing to Assess Frequency of Functional Status Documentation for Patients Newly Diagnosed With Colorectal Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2020;6(10):1628–1630. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2708
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