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Tuning fork (128 Hz) versus Neurothesiometer: a comparison of methods of assessing vibration sensation in patients with diabetes mellitus

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O'Neill, J, McCann, SM and Lagan, Katie (2006) Tuning fork (128 Hz) versus Neurothesiometer: a comparison of methods of assessing vibration sensation in patients with diabetes mellitus. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, 60 (2). pp. 174-178. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1368-5031.2005.00650.x

Abstract

The current study compared the effectiveness of the graduated tuning fork (128 Hz) and the neurothesiometer in assessing vibration sensation perception in patients presenting with type II diabetes mellitus. A quota sample of patients (n = 21; age range 43-73 years) were assessed using the neurothesiometer and tuning fork by two investigators at five sites on both feet. There was a positive correlation between the results for the two methods of assessment for both investigators, and also between the results for both tools at three individual sites. Overall, there was 66.2% agreement between the results obtained from the two investigators using the tuning fork at each site; however, Kappa values only reached statistical significance at one site, indicating variability between the results from the two tools. This study suggests that assessment of vibration sensation with the tuning fork may be unreliable. These preliminary findings are based on a small sample size; thus further research is warranted.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Psychological Epidemiology and Mental Health
ID Code:1978
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:51
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 15:23

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