Ulster University Logo

Ulster Institutional Repository

Use of myometry in the assessment of neuropathic weakness: testing for reliability in clinical practice

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute Computer Science Research Institute Environmental Sciences Research Institute Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute

Lennon, Sheila and Ashburn, A (1993) Use of myometry in the assessment of neuropathic weakness: testing for reliability in clinical practice. Clinical Rehabilitation, 7 (2). pp. 125-133. [Journal article]

Full text not available from this repository.

DOI: 10.1177/026921559300700206

Abstract

The myometer has been recommended as a quantitative method of measuring muscle strength in clinical practice. The reliability of the myometer was tested in a clinical environment by physiotherapists and a form incorporating the testing positions was designed. An intensive training programme for examiners was instigated and piloted on normal subjects. The study tested the reliability of paired examiners in recording the muscle strength of 20 Guillain-Barre syndrome patients at different stages in their recovery. Ten patients were tested in the first experiment. The error rate between observers was large and unacceptable. Procedures for improving reliability were implemented. Testing was repeated on 10 more patients but no improvement in reliability was observed. The implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:12686
Deposited By:Dr Sheila Lennon-Fraser
Deposited On:02 Apr 2010 10:11
Last Modified:01 Mar 2012 09:51

Repository Staff Only: item control page