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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027941/verification-of-a-method-for-measuring-parkinson-s-disease-related-temporal-irregularity-in-spiral-drawings
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Somayeh Aghanavesi, Mevludin Memedi, Mark Dougherty, Dag Nyholm, Jerker Westin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive movement disorder caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the midbrain. There is a need for frequent symptom assessment, since the treatment needs to be individualized as the disease progresses. The aim of this paper was to verify and further investigate the clinimetric properties of an entropy-based method for measuring PD-related upper limb temporal irregularities during spiral drawing tasks. More specifically, properties of a temporal irregularity score (TIS) for patients at different stages of PD, and medication time points were investigated...
October 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986470/quality-of-life-in-inflammatory-neuropathies-the-in-qol
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Thomas H P Draak, Catharina G Faber, Ingemar S J Merkies
BACKGROUND: No consensus exists which quality of life (QoL) measure should be used in patients with inflammatory neuropathies. Moreover, most QoL measures are ordinal-based scales with their known deficiencies. OBJECTIVES: To establish a new disease-specific interval-based QoL questionnaire in inflammatory neuropathies (IN-QoL) using the Rasch model and evaluate its scientific properties (validity, reliability and responsiveness). METHODS: 264 patients with inflammatory neuropathies completed six commonly used QoL questionnaires...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979894/judging-the-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-assessment-tools-to-guide-future-tool-development-the-use-of-clinimetrics-as-opposed-to-psychometrics
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Philip M Westgate, Enrique Gomez-Pomar
In the face of the current Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) epidemic, there is considerable variability in the assessment and management of infants with NAS. In this manuscript, we particularly focus on NAS assessment, with special attention given to the popular Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Score (FNAS). A major instigator of the problem of variable practices is that multiple modified versions of the FNAS exist and continue to be proposed, including shortened versions. Furthermore, the validity of such assessment tools has been questioned, and as a result, the need for better tools has been suggested...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965872/validation-of-the-hebrew-version-of-the-movement-disorder-society-unified-parkinson-s-disease-rating-scale
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Jennifer Zitser, Chava Peretz, Aya Ber David, Herzl Shabtai, Adi Ezra, Meir Kestenbaum, Marina Brozgol, Alina Rosenberg, Talia Herman, Yakov Balash, Avi Gadoth, Avner Thaler, Glenn T Stebbins, Christopher G Goetz, Barbara C Tilley, Sheng T Luo, Yuanyuan Liu, Nir Giladi, Tanya Gurevich
BACKGROUND: The Movement Disorders Society (MDS) published the English new Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) as the official benchmark scale for Parkinson's disease (PD) in 2008. We aimed to validate the Hebrew version of the MDS-UPDRS, explore its dimensionality and compare it to the original English one. METHODS: The MDS-UPDRS questionnaire was translated to Hebrew and was tested on 389 patients with PD, treated at the Movement Disorders Unit at Tel-Aviv Medical Center...
September 24, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955412/validation-and-reliability-of-the-chichewa-translation-of-the-eq-5d-quality-of-life-questionnaire-in-adults-with-orthopaedic-injuries-in-malawi
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Linda Chokotho, Nyengo Mkandawire, Devin Conway, Hao-Hua Wu, David D Shearer, Geir Hallan, Jan-Erik Gjertsen, Sven Young, Brian C Lau
BACKGROUND: The EQ-5D is a standardised instrument that measures health-related quality-of-life and explores cost-effectiveness of treatments. Malawi is a low-resource country that would benefit from assessment of quality-of-life among individuals living with chronic conditions. Chichewa is the official native language of Malawi. The Chichewa version of the EQ-5D-3L developed by EuroQoL group has not been validated with Chichewa speakers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinimetric properties of the Chichewa EQ-5D-3L...
June 2017: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954481/motor-assessment-in-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Józef Opara, Andrzej Małecki, Elżbieta Małecka, Teresa Socha
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of most disabling disorders of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease: shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, postural instability and difficulty with walking and gait, are difficult to measure. When disease symptoms become more pronounced, the patient experiences difficulties with hand function and walking, and is prone to falls. Baseline motor impairment and cognitive impairment are probable predictors of more rapid motor decline and disability...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946081/intra-and-inter-rater-agreement-of-the-genital-injury-severity-scale
#7
Dana L Kelly, Hillary J Larkin, Lauri A Paolinetti
INTRODUCTION: The Genital Injury Severity Scale (GISS) is a clinimetrically-tested tool in use for quantifying and qualifying external genital injury after sexual intercourse. PURPOSE: To evaluate inter- and intra-rater agreement of the GISS amongst examiner/raters in an urban, ethnically diverse, emergency department based sexual assault center. METHODS: The study was conducted in three phases. Six examiners with various years of experience rated their own cases and each others' cases greater than one year after the initial exam...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932280/assessment-of-cross-cultural-adaptations-of-patient-reported-shoulder-outcome-measures-in-spanish-a-systematic-review
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Sara Gómez-Valero, Fernando García-Pérez, Mariano Tomás Flórez-García, Juan Carlos Miangolarra-Page
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to conduct a systematic review of self-administered shoulder-disability functional assessment questionnaires adapted to Spanish, analyzing the quality of the transcultural adaptation and the clinimetric properties of the new version. METHODS: A search of the main biomedical databases was conducted to locate Spanish shoulder function assessment scales. The authors reviewed the papers and considered whether the process of adaptation of the questionnaire had followed international recommendations, and whether its psychometric properties had been appropriately assessed...
October 2017: Shoulder & Elbow
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918499/the-levels-of-circulating-proangiogenic-factors-in-migraineurs
#9
Slawomir Michalak, Alicja Kalinowska-Lyszczarz, Danuta Wegrzyn, Anna Thielemann, Krystyna Osztynowicz, Wojciech Kozubski
Migraine has been reported as a risk factor for ischemic stroke or cardiovascular events, and dysfunction of endothelial cells has been evidenced in migraine patients. Proangiogenic factors are potential endothelial stimulators, and their disturbances can link abnormalities of endothelium with increased risk of vascular disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of circulating proangiogenic factors in sera of migraineurs during interictal period. Fifty-two patients aged 37.9 ± 9.6 years, fulfilling International Headache Society criteria for migraine, were included in this observational case-control study...
September 16, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882521/reliability-of-physical-functioning-tests-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review
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Lenie Denteneer, Ulrike Van Daele, Steven Truijen, Willem De Hertogh, Jill Meirte, Gaetane Stassijns
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive overview of physical functioning tests in patients with low back pain (LBP) and to investigate their reliability. DATA SOURCES: A systematic computerized search was finalized in four different databases on the 24th of June 2017: Pubmed, Web of Science, Embase and Medline. STUDY SELECTION: PRISMA guidelines were followed during all stages of this review. Clinical studies that investigate the reliability of physical functioning tests in patients with LBP were eligible...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870142/validation-of-the-standardized-universal-pain-evaluations-for-rheumatology-providers-for-children-and-youth-super-kidz
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Nadia J Luca, Jennifer N Stinson, Brian M Feldman, Susanne M Benseler, Dorcas Beaton, Sarah Campillo, Claire LeBlanc, Margaret van Wyk, Ahmed M Bayoumi
Study Design Longitudinal observational clinimetric study with repeated measures. Background No validated multidimensional pain measure for children and youth with juvenile idiopathic arthritis exists. Objective To determine the test-retest reliability, construct validity, and responsiveness of English and French versions of the Standardized Universal Pain Evaluations for Rheumatology Providers for Children and Youth (SUPER-KIDZ). Methods Measurement properties of the SUPER-KIDZ (older child, younger child, and parent versions) were prospectively evaluated in patients (aged 4 to 18 years) with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at 2 centers...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818234/the-dutch-lymphedema-guidelines-based-on-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health-and-the-chronic-care-model
#12
Robert J Damstra, Anne-Berth Halk
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition due to an imbalance between lymphatic filtration and transport capacity. A relative overload of fluid is caused by lymphatic impairment (afterload impairment); an absolute overload is caused by increased filtration (preload raised). Lymphedema can result in considerable disability and loss of quality of life. The Dutch Society of Dermatology organized a task force to create guidelines using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793970/historical-perspective-the-pros-and-cons-of-conventional-outcome-measures-in-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Shen-Yang Lim, Ai Huey Tan
BACKGROUND: Conventional outcome measures (COMs) in Parkinson's disease (PD) refer to rating scales, questionnaires, patient diaries and clinically-based tests that do not require specialized equipment. METHODS: It is timely at this juncture - as clinicians and researchers begin to grapple with the "invasion" of digital technologies - to review the strengths and weaknesses of these outcome measures. RESULTS: This paper discusses advances (including an enhanced understanding of PD itself, and the development of clinimetrics as a field) that have led to improvements in the COMs used in PD; their strengths and limitations; and factors to consider when selecting and using a measuring instrument...
July 29, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777683/inclinometric-measurement-of-kyphotic-curvature-description-and-clinimetric-properties
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Laurie Devaney, Richard Bohannon, Jon Rizzo, Maryclaire Capetta, Jeremy Vigneault, Katherine Van Deveire
BACKGROUND: Hyperkyphosis is associated with physical impairments, activity limitations, and reduced quality of life. Therefore, a simple, reliable, responsive, and valid clinical measure of dorsal kyphosis would be valuable to clinicians. OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel procedure for measuring kyphotic curvature-the inclinometric kyphosis measure (IKM)-and provide an estimation of reliability, responsiveness, and validity. METHODS: During 2 sessions spaced days apart, we used a bubble inclinometer to measure dorsal kyphosis in 68 patients receiving outpatient physical therapy...
August 4, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763072/-diagn%C3%A3-stico-tard%C3%A3-o-de-psoriasis-motivos-y-consecuencias
#15
José Carlos Quiroz-Vergara, Martha Alejandra Morales-Sánchez, Gonzalo Castillo-Rojas, Yolanda López-Vidal, María Luisa Peralta-Pedrero, Fermín Jurado-Santa Cruz, Samuel Ponce de León-Rosales
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease that may be associated with articular manifestations, and the most common clinical presentation is the variety "in plaques". In Mexico, in the Centro Dermatológico Pascua, it is the eighth leading cause of consultation. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic process of patients in a reference center for diseases of the skin. METHODS: Performing an analytical cross-sectional study that included 100 patients where the diagnostic process was questioned, clinimetric scales were applied and evaluated anthropometric...
May 2017: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762060/a-2-year-observational-study-on-treatment-targets-in-psoriatic-arthritis-patients-treated-with-tnf-inhibitors
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Maria Sole Chimenti, Paola Triggianese, Paola Conigliaro, Marco Tonelli, Gianfranco Gigliucci, Lucia Novelli, Miriam Teoli, Roberto Perricone
The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical remission and MDA in PsA patients who started TNF-inhibitors (TNFi) treatment with a 2-year follow-up. Concomitant therapies as well as comorbidities were assessed. Level of concordance of clinimetric indices and the potential predictive factors of remission/MDA were also evaluated. Clinical and laboratory evaluations were prospectively performed in PsA patients at baseline (T0) and after 22 (T22), 54 (T54), and 102 (T102) weeks of treatment. Disease activity and disability were assessed using DAS28, CPDAI, DAPSA, MDA, and HAQ-SpA...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684285/a-higher-quality-of-life-with-cross-face-nerve-grafting-as-an-adjunct-to-a-hypoglossal-facial-nerve-jump-graft-in-facial-palsy-treatment
#17
Martinus M van Veen, Pieter U Dijkstra, Paul M N Werker
Nerve reconstructions are the preferred technique for short-standing facial paralysis, most commonly using the contralateral facial nerve or ipsilateral hypoglossal nerve. The hypoglossal nerve provides a strong motor signal, whereas the signal of a cross-face nerve graft is weaker but spontaneous. Spontaneity in facial expression is believed to be important for psychological wellbeing. Therefore, a combination of the two procedures incorporates the best of both: a strong motor signal and a spontaneous smile...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671957/clinimetric-properties-of-lower-limb-neurological-impairment-tests-for-children-and-young-people-with-a-neurological-condition-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Ramona Clark, Melissa Locke, Bridget Hill, Cherie Wells, Andrea Bialocerkowski
BACKGROUND: Clinicians and researchers require sound neurological tests to measure changes in neurological impairments necessary for clinical decision-making. Little evidence-based guidance exists for selecting and interpreting an appropriate, paediatric-specific lower limb neurological test aimed at the impairment level. OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinimetric evidence underpinning neurological impairment tests currently used in paediatric rehabilitation to evaluate muscle strength, tactile sensitivity, and deep tendon reflexes of the lower limb in children and young people with a neurological condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658044/the-modified-low-back-pain-disability-questionnaire-reliability-validity-and-responsiveness-of-a-dutch-language-version
#19
Lenie Denteneer, Gaetane Stassijns, Steven Truijen, Willem De Herthogh, Jill Meirte, Kristiaan Deckers, Ulrike Van Daele
STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional study OBJECTIVE.: The goal of this study is to translate the English version of the Modified Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (MDQ) into a Dutch version and investigate its clinimetric properties for patients with nonspecific chronic low back pain (CLBP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Fritz et al (2001) developed a modified version of the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire (ODI) to assess functional status and named it the MDQ. In this version, a question regarding employment and homemaking ability was substituted for the question related to sex life...
June 27, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640926/clinimetric-properties-of-hip-abduction-strength-measurements-obtained-using-a-handheld-dynamometer-in-individuals-with-a-lower-extremity-amputation
#20
Ruud A Leijendekkers, Gerben van Hinte, Amy D Sman, J Bart Staal, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden, Thomas J Hoogeboom
INTRODUCTION: Suitable handheld dynamometer (HHD)-techniques to test hip abduction strength in individuals with a lower extremity amputation, irrespective of their amputation level are absent. The aim of this study was to optimise a HHD-technique and to test its reproducibility and validity. METHODS: This study involved three phases, in which two techniques were evaluated. Both HHD-techniques used a lever-arm of 22 centimetre. HHD-technique 1 used a break-technique...
2017: PloS One
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