Accession Number : ADA132504

Title :   Hair Loss Measurement Tool Development.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Mueggenborg,Brenda S

PDF Url : ADA132504

Report Date : Aug 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Hair loss from cancer chemotherapy has received considerable attention in recent years in the field of cancer care because of the emotional and social distress it can cause patients. Many investigators have attempted to decrease hair loss by means of scalp tourniquets and hypothermia. A difficulty associated with interpreting the results of these studies had been the lack of a valid and reliable means of instrument for measuring hair loss. This study was designed to develop an instrument for measuring hair loss that is both valid and reliable. Tool development and revision are described. The tool was used to assess the hair loss of nine patients. Ratings were made by the patient and a single examiner initially. Photographs were also taken of the patients for use by other raters. Two sets of nurses used the hair preservation measurement tool to rate the patient photographs on two occasions each. Mean interrater agreement ranged from 72% -76% in reliability tests of the tool. Mean interrater agreement was 74% in tests for reliability. Validity tests are also described. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Measuring instruments, *Alopecia, *Pharmacological antagonists, *Chemotherapy, *Cancer, Medical equipment, Measurement, Hair, Losses, Preservation, Hypothermia, Systems engineering, Performance(Engineering), Test and evaluation, Reliability, Validation, Preventive medicine, Chemotherapeutic agents

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE