Geriatric assessment in action: a how-to guide to performance measures

In this webinar, Drs. Sattar and Pergolotti will review the available tools to measure physical performance as well as provide guidance on how to use them in clinical practice and research. This webinar was held on Zoom, on February 18  and was free of charge.


Dr. Schroder Sattar

Schroder Sattar is a registered nurse and an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.  Her research focuses on functional performance, falls, and exercise intervention for fall prevention in older adults with cancer.

Dr. Sattar received her training at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and worked with researchers from the University Health Network and the Grand Valley State University to examine the state of research in fall risk factors in the older cancer population, as well as to investigate the assessment, management, and reporting of falls, and the impact of falls on cancer treatment regimens in older patients. Dr. Sattar was a recipient of the Bertha Rosenstadt Doctorial Research Grant, Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Lamda Pi Chapter Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis.

Dr. Sattar’s current research is funded by the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing CIHR Seed Grant, as well as by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant.  Dr. Sattar’s research advocates for and inform routine fall assessment and fall-risks screening in older patients in the outpatient oncology setting.  Currently, Dr. Sattar is conducting clinical trials to examine the feasibility and efficacy of virtually delivered resistance and balance training programs on improvement of lower body strength, balance, and fall rates in older patients.  Dr. Sattar has 29 peer-reviewed publications and Dr. Sattar is member of the SIOG NAH governance committee.

Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti

Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti is the Senior Director of Research and Clinical Development for ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, adjunct professor at Colorado State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of adults and children with cancer. Considering the impact of cancer rehabilitation, she was driven to build the evidence-base and increase access to cancer rehabilitation programs nationwide.

Dr. Pergolotti was trained the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked collaboratively with researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Cancer Research Outcomes Group, and the Geriatric Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to look at utilization, access to and the quality of cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Pergolotti’s Pre-Doctoral fellowship was supported by a T32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and her Post-Doctoral fellowships were funded through an R25 Cancer Care Quality Training Program from the National Cancer Institute.

Pergolotti is well published in cancer rehabilitation, with over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts: She is also the co-lead of the ACRM, Cancer and Research Networking Group, Research and Outcomes.