Overview of Sankey flow diagrams: Focusing on symptom trajectories in older adults with advanced cancer

Ethan Otto, Eva Culakova, Sixu Meng, Zhihong Zhang, Huiwen Xu, Supriya Mohile, Marie A. Flannery

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Abstract

This perspectives paper provides an overview of how to read and interpret a Sankey, examples using symptom data from older adults with advanced cancer, a synopsis of medical literature, and comments on creating and using the diagram for presentation of data. From prior reports and our own, we conclude Sankeys are an excellent tool for visualizing the changing status of older patients with cancer. Older adult symptom data is used as an example with data dispalyed in a range of Sankey flow diagrams. Because there is large heterogeneity in aging, different subgroups can be examined. In a single diagram, Sankey can show both the likelihood and variability of patients' future status from their current status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-746
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Geriatric Oncology
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Data visualization
  • Flow diagrams
  • Older adults
  • PRO-CTCAE
  • Sankey
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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