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The Trunk Control Measurement Scale: reliability and discriminative validity in children and young people with neuromotor disorders


Marsico, Petra; Mitteregger, Elena; Balzer, Julia; van Hedel, Hubertus J A (2017). The Trunk Control Measurement Scale: reliability and discriminative validity in children and young people with neuromotor disorders. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 59(7):706-712.

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AIM: This study investigated the intra- and interrater reliability of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS) German version, with its subscores, in children with neuromotor disorders. Further, the discriminative validity of the TCMS was assessed by comparing the TCMS scores with the Functional Independence Measure for children.
METHOD: Bland-Altman analyses and intraclass correlation coefficients were applied to investigate reliability. The discriminative ability of the TCMS was evaluated with receiver operating characteristics.
RESULTS: Ninety children (mean age 11y 5mo; range 5y-18y 11mo) participated for the reliability, and 50 for the discriminative validity study. The reliability proved to be excellent (intrarater: bias=0.57 points, 95% confidence interval [CI] -3.71 to 4.85; interrater: bias=-0.31 points, 95% CI -5.77 to 5.10). A change in the TCMS total score of six points (10%) can be considered a true change. The TCMS subscores appeared to be clinically relevant because children with less than around 80% of the static balance score, less than 55% of the dynamic reaching score, or less than around 35% of the selective movement control score needed support for daily life activities.
INTERPRETATION: The TCMS is a reliable and clinically relevant assessment for children aged 5 years and older with different neurological impairments.

Abstract

AIM: This study investigated the intra- and interrater reliability of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS) German version, with its subscores, in children with neuromotor disorders. Further, the discriminative validity of the TCMS was assessed by comparing the TCMS scores with the Functional Independence Measure for children.
METHOD: Bland-Altman analyses and intraclass correlation coefficients were applied to investigate reliability. The discriminative ability of the TCMS was evaluated with receiver operating characteristics.
RESULTS: Ninety children (mean age 11y 5mo; range 5y-18y 11mo) participated for the reliability, and 50 for the discriminative validity study. The reliability proved to be excellent (intrarater: bias=0.57 points, 95% confidence interval [CI] -3.71 to 4.85; interrater: bias=-0.31 points, 95% CI -5.77 to 5.10). A change in the TCMS total score of six points (10%) can be considered a true change. The TCMS subscores appeared to be clinically relevant because children with less than around 80% of the static balance score, less than 55% of the dynamic reaching score, or less than around 35% of the selective movement control score needed support for daily life activities.
INTERPRETATION: The TCMS is a reliable and clinically relevant assessment for children aged 5 years and older with different neurological impairments.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:July 2017
Deposited On:08 Feb 2018 11:05
Last Modified:19 Aug 2018 13:50
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0012-1622
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Marsico, P. , Mitteregger, E. , Balzer, J. and Hedel, H. J. (2017) Dev Med Child Neurol, 59: 706-712., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.13425. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.13425
PubMed ID:28374541
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID32003B_156646
  • : Project TitlePlayful assessment of selective voluntary motor control in children with congenital or acquired brain lesions

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