The cachexia assessment scale: development and psychometric properties.
Summary of "The cachexia assessment scale: development and psychometric properties."
Purpose/Objectives: To develop a tool to identify patients with cancer who suffer from cachexia throughout all stages of the disease.Design: Tool development study.Setting: Oncology day care, follow-up clinics, radiotherapy, and hospice home care.Sample: 90 patients with cancer (25 men and 65 women).Methods: The Cachexia Assessment Scale (CAS) was created based on a thorough review of the literature and was tested for its psychometric properties.Main Research Variables: Presence of cachexia.Findings: Measures of reliability were determined by inter-rater, test-retest, and internal consistency reliability. Measures of validity were content validity, criterion validity, sensitivity, and specificity.Conclusions: The CAS possesses adequate levels of reliability and validity and can be used to evaluate cachexia at all stages of cancer.Implications for Nursing: The CAS can be used as an assessment tool for cachexia in various treatment settings.
Oncology Palliative Care Unit, Clalit Health Services, Jerusalem, Israel.
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Name: Oncology nursing forum
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20797955
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/10.ONF.635-640
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