Reliability and validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in patients with breast cancer-related lymphoedema

Borthwick, Y., Paul, L., Sneddon, M., McAlpine, L. and Miller, C. (2013) Reliability and validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in patients with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. European Journal of Cancer Care, 22 2: 196-201. doi:10.1111/ecc.12024


Author Borthwick, Y.
Paul, L.
Sneddon, M.
McAlpine, L.
Miller, C.
Title Reliability and validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in patients with breast cancer-related lymphoedema
Journal name European Journal of Cancer Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2354
0961-5423
Publication date 2013-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ecc.12024
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 196
End page 201
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Reliability and validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in patients with breast cancer-related lymphoedema: Breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL) affects 24-42% of patients following treatment for breast cancer. The gold standard method of measuring hand swelling associated with BCRL is to use water displacement (volumeter). This is not always possible in the clinical setting and the figure-of-eight method, which involves wrapping a simple measuring tape around the hand in a specific way, may be an alternative. The aim of the study was to examine the reliability and validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in women fwith BCRL. Twenty-four patients with hand swelling associated with BCRL participated. Two novice testers performed three 'blinded' figure-of-eight measurements and three volumetric measurements of each hand. In terms of intertester (between-tester) and intratester (within-tester) reliability, the intraclass correlation coefficients were all greater than 0.8 indicating high intra- and intertester reliability for the figure-of-eight method. For validity, a Pearson's moment correlation computed between the figure-of-eight and volumetric methods highlighted a statistically significant correlation of 0.7 between the methods for both testers. The figure-of-eight method was found to be a valid and reliable method of measuring hand swelling in this population.
Keyword Figure-of-eight
Hand swelling
Lymphoedema
Measurement
Reliability
Validity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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