Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2532

Date

2015

Date of Award

12-4-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Ruth Williams-Hooker

Committee Member

Robin Roach

Committee Member

Karen Smith

Committee Member

Dale Armstrong

Abstract

Pediatric oncology patients are at an increased risk for malnutrition related to their diagnosis and corresponding treatment. It is essential that accurate and reliable methods of measuring energy needs are used throughout treatment to avoid increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The primary objective of the study is to determine if the energy expenditure obtained by a standard energy equation and by the MedGem® accurately predicts needs in pediatric oncology patients as compared to the gold standard indirect calorimeter. The three measurements were tested on the same day for patients aged 7-17 years. The data was analyzed using a one way analysis of variance, and Bonferroni to determine significance. With p-value of 0.0018, there is a statistically significant difference between the three methods used. Further testing is required to support the reliability of the MedGem® in pediatric oncology.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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