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Reliability and reproducibility of a clinical application of a simple technique for repeated circumferential leg measurements.
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PMID:  20881309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the reliability and reproducibility of repeated tape measurements to assess the leg circumference during a long period.
METHODS: A tape measure is a simple instrument that is applicable in the presence of oedema. Measurements were performed by four observers on 11 volunteers. Four measurements were done in the first week (short term), a fifth measurement at two weeks (medium term) and a sixth measurement was done at 12 weeks (long term).
RESULTS: The short-, medium- and long-term intra-class correlation coefficients for repeated measurements were 0.90, 0.89 and 0.78, respectively. The short-term and long-term reproducibility indices equalled 4.4% and 6.5%. If only a single observer would be involved, the short-term intra-class correlation coefficients would improve to 0.94 (reproducibility index 3.3%).
CONCLUSION: Tape measurements have been proved to be a reliable and reproducible method to asses the lower limb circumference.
A te Slaa; P Mulder; D Dolmans; P Castenmiller; G Ho; L van der Laan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Phlebology / Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1758-1125     ISO Abbreviation:  Phlebology     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-17     Completed Date:  2011-04-25     Revised Date:  2011-11-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9012921     Medline TA:  Phlebology     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Amphia Hospital, Breda, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Edema / pathology*
Leg / pathology*
Organ Size
Reproducibility of Results
Time Factors

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