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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345494/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-assessment-scale-cognitive-adas-cog-in-a-low-literacy-setting-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Stella-Maria Paddick, Aloyce Kisoli, Sarah Mkenda, Godfrey Mbowe, William Keith Gray, Catherine Dotchin, Adesola Ogunniyi, John Kisima, Olaide Olakehinde, Declare Mushi, Richard William Walker
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the feasibility of a low-literacy adaptation of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale - Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) for use in rural sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for interventional studies in dementia. No such adaptations currently exist. METHODS: Tanzanian and Nigerian health professionals adapted the ADAS-Cog by consensus. Validation took place in a cross-sectional sample of 34 rural-dwelling older adults with mild/moderate dementia alongside 32 non-demented controls in Tanzania...
March 27, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344460/intra-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-the-modified-tuck-jump-assessment
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Azahara Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, Alicia M Montalvo, Rhodri S Lloyd, Paul Read, Gregory D Myer
The Tuck Jump Assessment (TJA) is a clinician-friendly screening tool that was designed to support practitioners with identification of neuromuscular deficits associated with anterior cruciate ligament injury. This study aimed to evaluate the inter- and intra-rater reliability of the modified scoring (0 to 2) TJA to add an additional range of objectivity for each criterion. A total of 24 elite youth volleyball athletes (12 males and 12 females) were included in this study. Each participant's recorded performance of the TJA was scored independently by two raters across ten criteria using the modified scale...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343325/mri-can-accurately-detect-meniscal-ramp-lesions-of-the-knee
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Justin W Arner, Elmar Herbst, Jeremy M Burnham, Ashish Soni, Jan-Hendrik Naendrup, Adam Popchak, Freddie H Fu, Volker Musahl
PURPOSE: Posterior horn meniscal tears are commonly found in conjunction with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Some believe tears in the posterior meniscocapsular zone, coined ramp lesions, are important to knee stability. The purpose of this study was to determine whether pre-operative MRI evaluation was able to accurately and reproducibly identify ramp lesions. METHODS: Three blinded reviewers assessed MRIs twice for the presence of ramp lesions in patients undergoing ACL reconstruction...
March 25, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341965/reliability-of-a-laryngo-pharyngeal-esthesiometer-and-a-method-for-measuring-laryngo-pharyngeal-mechano-sensitivity-in-a-prospectively-recruited-cohort-of-patients
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Luis F Giraldo-Cadavid, Javier Burguete, Felipe Rueda, Ana M Galvis, Natalia Castaneda, Luis M Agudelo-Otalora, William D Moscoso, Nelson Paez, Secundino Fernandez
There are not reliable methods for measuring laryngo-pharyngeal mechano-sensitivity (LPMS). We aimed to determine the reliability of a new method for measuring LPMS using a new laryngo-pharyngeal esthesiometer (LPEER) in a prospective cohort of dysphagic stroke and non-dysphagic patients. The patients underwent clinical and endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FESSST). The LPMS assessments consisted of measurements by an expert and a novel rater of the laryngeal-adductor reflex threshold (LART), cough reflex threshold (CRT) and gag reflex threshold (GRT) using the LPEER...
March 24, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339131/tissue-deformation-index-as-a-reliable-measure-of-lateral-abdominal-muscle-activation-on-m-mode-sonography
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Maciej Biały, Wacław Adamczyk, Rafael Gnat, Tomasz Stranc
The aim of this article is to present a novel method of evaluating the activity of lateral abdominal muscles using M-mode sonography. The method leads to calculation of the tissue deformation index, representing the percent change in lateral abdominal muscle thickness over time. The objectives of this study were as follows: (1) to establish the mean tissue deformation index values for individual lateral abdominal muscles; and (2) to establish the reliability of the tissue deformation index. In a group of 34 healthy young volunteers (mean age, 24...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337769/accuracy-intra-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-three-scoring-systems-for-the-glottic-view-at-videolaryngoscopy
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E J O'Loughlin, A D Swann, J D English, R Ramadas
An accurate and reproducible recording of laryngoscopic view at tracheal intubation is an important aspect of anaesthetic practice. Unlike direct laryngoscopy, in which the view achieved by the line of sight directly relates to the ease of intubating the trachea, videolaryngoscopy can create a situation in which the view is good, but intubation difficult or impossible. Communicating this to a subsequent anaesthetist is important. We compared three scoring systems: Cormack and Lehane; POGO (percentage of glottic opening); and the Fremantle score, as used by 74 critical care doctors rating 30 anonymised videos of videolaryngoscopic intubations...
March 24, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334801/a-systematic-review-of-the-physical-activity-assessment-tools-used-in-primary-care
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Toby O Smith, Máire C McKenna, Charlotte Salter, Wendy Hardeman, Kathryn Richardson, Melvyn Hillsdon, Carly A Hughes, Nicholas Steel, Andy P Jones
Background.: Primary care is an ideal setting for physical activity interventions to prevent and manage common long-term conditions. To identify those who can benefit from such interventions and to deliver tailored support, primary care professionals (e.g. GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists, health care assistants) need reliable and valid tools to assess physical activity. However, there is uncertainty about the best-performing tool. Objective.: To identify the tools used in the literature to assess the physical activity in primary care and describe their psychometric properties...
February 21, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320135/further-evidence-for-the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-fatigue-and-daytime-sleepiness-scale
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Benjamin Gallais, Cynthia Gagnon, Geneviève Forgues, Isabelle Côté, Luc Laberge
BACKGROUND: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an inherited neuromuscular disease causing, among other symptoms, fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness, which are frequently undifferentiated by patients and/or clinicians. The Fatigue and Daytime Sleepiness Scale (FDSS) has been devised to measure these two overlapping symptoms as a single clinical entity. OBJECTIVE: To further examine the reliability and the construct validity of the FDSS in patients with DM1...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318969/auditory-perceptual-evaluation-of-voice-quality-of-cochlear-implanted-and-normal-hearing-individuals-a-reliability-study
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Ana Cristina Coelho, Alcione Ghedini Brasolotto, Ana Carolina Nascimento Fernandes, Daniela Malta de Souza Medved, Eduardo Magalhães da Silva, Fayez Bahmad Júnior
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to present an experience in rating voices of adults with normal hearing and adults with cochlear implants and critically examine the outcomes, discussing pros and cons of the methodology used. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional, prospective study. METHODS: One hundred and fifty voice samples, consisting of 50 sustained vowels, 50 samples of connected speech, and 50 samples of conversational speech, belonging to 25 adults with hearing impairment with cochlear implants and 25 adults with normal hearing, were perceptually analyzed for inter-rater agreement and intra-rater reliability...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296647/intra-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-lower-leg-waterplethysmography-bioelectrical-impedance-and-muscle-twitch-force-for-the-use-in-standing-work-evaluation
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Rudolf Wall, Oliwia Lips, Robert Seibt, Monika Rieger, Benjamin Steinhilber
OBJECTIVES: Prolonged standing is associated with multiple risk factors for musculoskeletal and venous disorders. Basic understanding of prolonged standing physiology is lacking. We therefore plan to investigate the influence of multiple hours standing on lower limb oedema measured by waterplethysmography (WP) and bioelectrical impedance (BI) and lower leg musle fatigue using muscle twitch force (MTF). In order to interpret our results, test-retest and inter-rater reliability of these measurement methods was evaluated first...
March 15, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294509/validation-of-an-emergency-triage-scale-for-obstetrics-and-gynaecology-a-prospective-study
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N Veit-Rubin, P Brossard, A Gayet-Ageron, C-Y Montandon, J Simon, O Irion, O T Rutschmann, B Martinez de Tejada
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reliability of a four-level triage scale for obstetrics and gynaecology emergencies and to explore the factors associated with an optimal triage. DESIGN: Thirty clinical vignettes presenting the most frequent indications for obstetrics and gynaecology emergency consultations were evaluated twice using a computerised simulator. SETTING: The study was performed at the emergency unit of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Geneva University Hospitals...
March 15, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293482/psychometric-properties-of-brief-balance-evaluation-systems-test-brief-bestest-in-evaluating-balance-performance-in-individuals-with-chronic-stroke
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Meizhen Huang, Marco Y C Pang
OBJECTIVE: To examine the psychometric properties of the Brief-Balance Evaluation Systems Test (Brief-BESTest) in individuals with chronic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an observational study with repeated measurements involving 50 participants with chronic stroke [mean (SD) age: 59.2 (7.3) years]. Each participant with stroke was evaluated with the Brief-BESTest, Berg balance scale (BBS), Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke Patients (PASS), Fugl-Meyer Motor Assessment (FMA), Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment (CMSA), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289642/therapeutic-effect-of-microcurrent-therapy-in-children-with-in-toeing-gait-caused-by-increased-femoral-anteversion-a-pilot-study
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Jae Ki Ahn, Dong Rak Kwon, Gi-Young Park, Ki-Hoon Lee, Jae Hwal Rim, Won Bin Jung, Dae Gil Kwon
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of portable microcurrent therapy device (PMTD) of the hip internal rotators in the treatment of in-toeing gait caused by increased femoral anteversion in children over 8 years of age. METHODS: Eleven children (22 legs; 4 boys and 7 girls; mean age, 10.4±1.6 years) with in-toeing gait caused by increased femoral anteversion were included in the present study. All children received 60 minutes of PMTD (intensity, 25 µA; frequency, 8 Hz) applied to the hip internal rotators daily for 4 weeks...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288907/in-vivo-quantification-of-amygdala-subnuclei-using-4-7-t-fast-spin-echo-imaging
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Arash Aghamohammadi-Sereshki, Yushan Huang, Fraser Olsen, Nikolai V Malykhin
The amygdala (AG) is an almond-shaped heterogeneous structure located in the medial temporal lobe. The majority of previous structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) volumetric methods for AG measurement have so far only been able to examine this region as a whole. In order to understand the role of the AG in different neuropsychiatric disorders, it is necessary to understand the functional role of its subnuclei. The main goal of the present study was to develop a reliable volumetric method to delineate major AG subnuclei groups using ultra-high resolution high field MRI...
March 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288228/-upper-limb-functional-assessment-scale-for-children-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-and-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Raúl G Escobar, Nayadet Lucero, Carmen Solares, Victoria Espinoza, Odalie Moscoso, Polín Olguín, Karin T Muñoz, Ricardo Rosas
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) causes significant disability and progressive functional impairment. Readily available instruments that assess functionality, especially in advanced stages of the disease, are required to monitor the progress of the disease and the impact of therapeutic interventions. OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of a scale to evaluate upper limb function (UL) in patients with DMD and SMA, and describe its validation process, which includes self-training for evaluators...
February 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285729/evaluation-of-post-stroke-spastic-muscle-stiffness-using-shear-wave-ultrasound-elastography
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Chueh-Hung Wu, Yu-Chun Ho, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Wen-Shiang Chen, Tyng-Guey Wang
Current clinical evaluations of post-stroke upper limb spasticity are subjective and qualitative. We proposed a quantitative measurement of post-stroke spastic muscle stiffness by using shear-wave ultrasound elastography and tested its reliability. Acoustic radiation force impulse with shear wave velocity (SWV) detection was used to evaluate stiffness of the biceps brachii muscles at 90° and 0° elbow flexion. In 21 control subjects, SWV did not significantly differ between dominant and non-dominant sides at either flexion angle (0°: p = 0...
March 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277557/inter-and-intra-rater-reliability-of-the-10-meter-walk-test-in-the-community-dweller-adults-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Fariba Bahrami, Shohreh Noorizadeh Dehkordi, Mehdi Dadgoo
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigation the intra-rater and inter-raters reliability of the 10 meter walk test (10 MWT) in adults with spastic cerebral palsy (CP). MATERIALS & METHODS: Thirty ambulatory adults with spastic CP in the summer of 2014 participated (19 men, 11 women; mean age 28 ± 7 yr, range 18- 46 yr). Individuals were non-randomly selected by convenient sampling from the Ra'ad Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex in Tehran, Iran. They had GMFCS levels below IV (I, II, and III)...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275908/narrow-band-imaging-enhances-the-detection-rate-of-penetration-and-aspiration-in-fees
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Julie C Nienstedt, Frank Müller, Almut Nießen, Susanne Fleischer, Jana-Christiane Koseki, Till Flügel, Christina Pflug
Narrow band imaging (NBI) is widely used in gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and urological endoscopy. Its original purpose was to visualize vessels and epithelial irregularities. Based on our observation that adding NBI to common white light (WL) improves the contrast of the test bolus in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), we now investigated the potential value of NBI in swallowing disorders. 148 FEES images were analyzed from 74 consecutive patients with swallowing disorders, including 74 with and 74 without NBI...
March 9, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274889/knee-effusion-synovitis-volume-measurement-and-effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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X Wang, F Cicuttini, X Jin, A E Wluka, W Han, Z Zhu, L Blizzard, B Antony, T Winzenberg, G Jones, C Ding
OBJECTIVE: To develop a measure of knee joint effusion-synovitis volume and to examine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on effusion-synovitis in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) and low vitamin D levels over 24 months. METHOD: Symptomatic knee OA patients with a low 25-(OH)D level (12.5-60 nmol/l) were recruited for a multi-centre, randomised, placebo-controlled and double-blind trial. Participants (age 63 ± 7 years, 208 females) were allocated to either 50,000 IU monthly vitamin D3 (n = 209) or placebo (n = 204) for 24 months...
March 6, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271550/the-reproducibility-and-clinical-utility-of-the-3d-camera-for-measuring-scar-height-with-a-protocol-for-administration
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Z Tyack, M Simons, R M Kimble, M J Muller, K Leung
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the reproducibility and clinical utility of a 3D camera for measuring burn scar height in adults. METHODS: Participants from a larger prospective longitudinal study were included. Reproducibility data were collected using an immediate test-retest interval and a 1-2 week test-retest interval and included reliability and agreement. The LifeViz(™) 3D camera was used to measure scar height. Reproducibility was tested using the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC), percentage agreement within 1 mm between test and retest, standard error of measurement, smallest detectable change (SDC) and Bland Altman limits of agreement...
March 7, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
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