Measurement properties of the short version of the van Lieshout test for arm/hand function of persons with tetraplegia after spinal cord injury
Post, M.W.M. and Lieshout, G. van and Seelen, H.A.M. and Snoek, G.J. and IJzerman, M.J. and Pons, C. (2006) Measurement properties of the short version of the van Lieshout test for arm/hand function of persons with tetraplegia after spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 44 (12). pp. 763-771. ISSN 1362-4393
|Abstract:||Study design: Two validation studies.
Objectives: To assess the measurement properties of the short version of the Van Lieshout test (VLT-SV), a new test for arm/hand function of persons with tetraplegia after spinal cord injury (SCI).
Setting: Two specialized rehabilitation centres in The Netherlands.
Methods: Study 1 (N=12) – assessment of inter-rater reliability (intraclass correlations (ICC); weighted kappa; Bland–Altman plots). Study 2 (N=55) – assessment of convergent validity by computing Spearman's correlations with the Grasp-Release test (GRT; criterion standard) and with motor level of injury, ASIA impairment scale, international classification for surgery of the hand, and the self-care and transfer scales of the functional independence measure. All statistics were computed separately for the right- and the left-hand scores.
Results: Inter-rater reliability was excellent (ICC 0.98 and 0.99). Agreement was independent of the height of the scores and the limits of agreement were 0.5 points on a 0–5 scale. Convergent validity was very good with a Spearman correlation of 0.87and 0.90 between the VLT-SV and the GRT and correlations between 0.35 and 0.85 with the other indicators of arm/hand function.
Conclusion: The VLT-SV seems a reliable and valid test to assess arm/hand function of persons with tetraplegia after SCI.
Keywords: spinal cord injuries, tetraplegia, reproducibility of results, validation study, upper extremity
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