METHODS: Sixty-nine participants were recruited in 3 physical therapy practices. Two examiners independently performed a physical examination on all participants. The examiners were blinded for patient characteristics (neck pain/no neck pain) and each other's findings. History findings were available for only half the patients with neck pain. Cohen's kappa was used to express reproducibility.
RESULTS: The reproducibility for active and passive range of motion was moderate (kappa = 0.52 and 0.54, respectively), but a wide range in kappa scores was found. Extension of the neck showed good reproducibility for both active and passive movements (kappa = 0.88 and 0.85), whereas lateral flexion showed poor reproducibility (kappa = 0.35 and 0.33). Knowledge of history had no influence on the reproducibility and prevalence of positive findings.
CONCLUSION: The reproducibility for active and passive range of motion is moderate. Knowledge of the patient's history did not influence the reproducibility and prevalence of positive findings.
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