Examination of the psychometric properties of pediatric-modified total neuropathy score in Turkish children with cancer.


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Özdemir B., Gerçeker G., Özdemir E. Z., Yıldırım B. G., Ören H., Yiş U., ...More

Journal of pediatric nursing, vol.69, pp.31-37, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.pedn.2022.12.017
  • Journal Name: Journal of pediatric nursing
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL, MEDLINE, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-37
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background: Evaluation of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy has gained importance in symptom management of pediatric patients with cancer. This study aimed to perform the Turkish validity and reliability study of the Pediatric-Modified Total Neuropathy Score (Ped-mTNS). Methods: A methodological, descriptive, and cross-sectional design was used in the study. Forty children aged between 5 and 18 and were treated for cancer and 40 age- and gender-matched healthy children (control group) were included in the study. The mean scores of the items on the Ped-mTNS were compared, and itemtotal score correlationswere evaluated. Cronbach's alpha coefficient of the Ped-mTNS was calculated for internal consistency. Findings: Cronbach's alpha value of the scale was found as 0.709. The item-total correlations of the scale items ranged from 0.260 to 0.658. The mean score of cancer patients on the Ped-mTNS was found as 4.4 +/- 3.8. Discussion: Ped-mTNS scores of children with cancer indicated more deficits than those of the control group. In the evaluation of children in the patient and control groups, a difference was found in terms of light touch sensation, which is one of the sensory symptoms in the items of the Ped-mTNS, and pin sensibility and strength, which are among the clinical symptoms. Application to practice: The Ped-mTNS was determined to be a valid and reliable measurement tool for children with cancer aged between 5 and 18 in the Turkish population. (c) 2022 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.