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An electronic application for rapidly calculating Charlson comorbidity score

William H Hall1, Ramanathan Ramachandran1, Samir Narayan1, Ashesh B Jani2 and Srinivasan Vijayakumar1*

Author Affiliations

1 University of California, Davis, Department of Radiation Oncology, UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X Street, G126, Sacramento, CA 95817 USA

2 University of Chicago, Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, 5758 S Maryland Ave, MC 9006, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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BMC Cancer 2004, 4:94  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-4-94

Published: 20 December 2004

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Additional File 1:

A Microsoft Excel (CCICalc.xls) is included with this manuscript and can be found in supplementary material/table 1/appedix 1. A detailed description of the creation of the file and instructions for its use are included in the implementation section of this manuscript. To Calculate a Charlson Comorbidity Index score using the calculator double click on the CCI-Calc.xls icon or open the file from MS Excel. You must select "enable macros" when prompted to do so by the MS Excel macro warning pop-up window. A CCI score can then be calculated by selecting the conditions and age groups within the file. Selected conditions will appear in the table as a lighter shade than deselected conditions. As comorbidities are selected a running total of the score will be calculated. Scores totaled without age modification will appear in the "Age Unadjusted CCI Score" total and no value will appear in the "Age Adjusted Score" total. A selected condition can be deselected by clicking on once on the button for that condition. A score may be calculated without selecting an age category, however Scores totaled by selecting an age group without selecting a comorbidity will result in no value for either total and the user will be prompted to "Reset & Select Condition." Once finished with a calculation, the calculator can be reset by selecting the green "Reset CCI Calculator" button. The file is presented in a password protected format so that no changes can be made to the categories and weighting as proposed in the original Charlson Comorbidity Index.

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