Pilot study of an assessment tool for measuring head and neck lymphoedema

Nixon, Jodie, Purcell, Amanda, Fleming, Jennifer, McCann, Andrew and Porceddu, Sandro (2014) Pilot study of an assessment tool for measuring head and neck lymphoedema. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19 SUPPL. 4: S6-S11. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2014.19.Sup4.S6

Author Nixon, Jodie
Purcell, Amanda
Fleming, Jennifer
McCann, Andrew
Porceddu, Sandro
Title Pilot study of an assessment tool for measuring head and neck lymphoedema
Journal name British Journal of Community Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1462-4753
Publication date 2014-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12968/bjcn.2014.19.Sup4.S6
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue SUPPL. 4
Start page S6
End page S11
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Head and neck lymphoedema (HNL) is a persistent symptom for many patients following head and neck cancer treatment. There is limited research into the benefits of lymphoedema treatment with this population. This pilot study (n=8) employs the Assessment of Lymphoedema of Head and Neck (ALOHA) system to evaluate treatment changes in this clinical population. The ALOHA assessment combines the use of the Princess Alexandra Hospital tape measurement system and the use of Tissue Dielectric Constant (MoistureMeterD) to measure HNL. Baseline measures were taken at the start of treatment and were repeated when the participants had reduced one level on the MD Anderson Cancer Centre HNL rating scale. The MoistureMeterD and three of the four tape measurement points showed a statistically significant change over time. This indicates the ALOHA system was useful in objectively detecting changes associated with clinical improvements.
Keyword Head and neck
Tape measure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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