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ID 3276
  Title The interexaminer reliability of measuring passive cervical range of motion, revisited
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Jun;19(5):302-305
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

PURPOSE: To study the interexaminer reliability of measuring passive cervical range of motion (ROM).

DESIGN: Repeated blind measures of passive cervical ROM by two different examiners.

SETTING: Ambulatory outpatient facility in an independent National Health Service of Denmark funded chiropractic research institution.

PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-five asymptomatic volunteers (17 men and 18 women) aged 20-28 yr.

INTERVENTION: Measurement of passive cervical ROM with the use of a strap-on head goniometer by two blind examiners. Each subject was measured twice with 15-min intervals, using a mean-of-five-measurements protocol.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The reliability of measuring passive cervical ROM in six separate directions of movement from "neutral zero" and from one extreme to the other in three planes.

RESULTS: The inter- and intra-examiner reliability was evaluated using a paired t test and Pearson's Correlation Coefficient (supplemented by a scatterplot). Intraclass Correlation Coefficients were also calculated. Interexaminer reliability was found to be acceptable (Pearson's r = .61 - .88) for measuring in three planes. Interexaminer reliability was less than acceptable (Pearson's r = .39 - .70) for measuring passive ROM in 6 directions from neutral zero.

CONCLUSION: Passive cervical ROM could be measured reliably by different examiners for measurements in three planes. Measurements from neutral zero in six directions were unreliable when measured by different examiners.

This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher. Article only available in print.


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