Index to Chiropractic Literature
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  Title Interexaminer reliability of multidimensional examination regimens used for detecting spinal manipulable lesions: A systematic review [review]
Journal Clin Chiropr. 2005 Dec;8(4):199-204
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Review
Abstract/Notes Objective: To determine the interexaminer reliability of multidimensional approaches to detection of the spinal manipulable lesion through a systematic review.

Literature search: MEDLINE and MANTIS were searched up until June 2004 using the following terms: reliability, interexaminer reliability, spine joint dysfunction, somatic dysfunction, chiropractic subluxation, manipulable lesion, chiropractic, manual medicine, osteopathy, motion palpation, spine palpation, and end play.

Study selection: Studies in English relating to interexaminer reliability of multidimensional approaches to detection of the spinal manipulable lesion. Six of 110 papers reviewed were included in the systematic review.

Quality evaluation: Two reviewers independently assessed papers based on a predetermined quality score. Three papers met minimal quality criteria.

Conclusion: There are few studies of adequate quality and these fail to identify any multidimensional testing regimens that have adequate reliability. Further research is required in this area.

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