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Interrater reliability of clinical tests to evaluate scapulothoracic motion


Baertschi, Evelyn; Swanenburg, Jaap; Brunner, Florian; Kool, Jan (2013). Interrater reliability of clinical tests to evaluate scapulothoracic motion. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14:315.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Decreased scapulothoracic motion has been associated with various pathologies of the shoulder. Reliable and simple assessment methods of scapular mobility are, however lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interrater reliability of four clinical tests to assess scapulothoracic motion in patients with a slightly restricted shoulder flexion.
METHODS: A total of nineteen patients with a symptomatic slight restriction of shoulder flexion and twenty asymptomatic subjects were evaluated. The investigation consisted of four palpatory tests to assess scapulothoracic motion. A two-level rating scale (positive, negative) was utilised. Interrater reliability was evaluated using kappa coefficients.
RESULTS: We found substantial to almost perfect (Kappa = 0.63-0.4) interrater reliability for the four tests.
CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrates that the four mobility tests of the shoulder are a reliable and simple instrument to assess patients with a slightly restricted shoulder flexion. Future studies should be conducted to evaluate the validity of these tests and to establish their clinical usefulness.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Decreased scapulothoracic motion has been associated with various pathologies of the shoulder. Reliable and simple assessment methods of scapular mobility are, however lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interrater reliability of four clinical tests to assess scapulothoracic motion in patients with a slightly restricted shoulder flexion.
METHODS: A total of nineteen patients with a symptomatic slight restriction of shoulder flexion and twenty asymptomatic subjects were evaluated. The investigation consisted of four palpatory tests to assess scapulothoracic motion. A two-level rating scale (positive, negative) was utilised. Interrater reliability was evaluated using kappa coefficients.
RESULTS: We found substantial to almost perfect (Kappa = 0.63-0.4) interrater reliability for the four tests.
CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrates that the four mobility tests of the shoulder are a reliable and simple instrument to assess patients with a slightly restricted shoulder flexion. Future studies should be conducted to evaluate the validity of these tests and to establish their clinical usefulness.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 13:43
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 01:09
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1471-2474
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-14-315
PubMed ID:24192253

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