Development of a Lymphedema Symptom Checklist in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
- To develop and validate a symptom checklist for late-effect lymphedema in patients with
head and neck cancer. (Phase I)
- To examine late-effect lymphedema symptoms in these patients using the preliminary
patient-symptom checklist developed in phase I. (Phase II)
- To examine the psychometric properties of the patient symptom checklist. (Phase II)
- Phase I: Experts review an initial symptom checklist for late-effect lymphedema
symptoms and provide suggestions concerning its revision. The checklist is further
revised using the card sorting method. Patients sort cards labeled with symptoms into
groups that they feel are appropriate based upon their own symptom experiences. Sorting
is performed according to frequency and severity of symptoms. Patients may write down
any symptoms which are not listed on the cards.
Patients undergo collection of demographic and lymphedema-related symptom information.
Additional medical information is obtained from patients' medical records.
- Phase II: A final symptom checklist for late-effect lymphedema symptoms is constructed
based on the preliminary checklist developed in phase I. The psychometric properties of
the preliminary checklist are also assessed.
Patients undergo collection of demographic, lymphedema-related symptoms, and medical
information as in phase I.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Late-effect lymphedema symptom checklist
Jie Deng, RN, BSN, MSN
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
|Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center||Nashville, Tennessee 37232-6838|
|Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center - Cool Springs||Nashville, Tennessee 37064|
|Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Franklin||Nashville, Tennessee 37064|