Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Flowers, Lauren C., "Measuring Resting Energy Requirements for Pediatric Oncology Patients with the MedGem" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1299.