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Measures of sensation in neurological conditions: a systematic review

Connell, L and Tyson, S 2012, 'Measures of sensation in neurological conditions: a systematic review' , Clinical Rehabilitation, 26 (1) , pp. 68-80.

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    Abstract

    Objective: To systematically review the psychometric properties and clinical utility of measures of sensation in neurological conditions to inform future research studies and clinical practice. Data sources: Electronic databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and AMED) were searched from their inception to December 2010. Review methods: Search terms were used to identify articles that investigated any sensory measures in neurological conditions. Data about their psychometric properties and clinical utility were extracted and analyzed independently. The strength of the psychometric properties and clinical utility were assessed following recommendations.1 Results: Sixteen sensory measures were identified. Inter-rater reliability and redundancy of testing protocols are particular issues for this area of assessment. Eleven were rejected because they were not available for a researcher or clinician to use. Of the remaining five measures, the Erasmus MC modifications of the Nottingham Sensory Assessment and the Sensory section of the Fugl–Meyer Assessment showed the best balance of clinical utility and psychometric properties. Conclusion: Many measures of sensory impairment have been used in research but few have been fully developed to produce robust data and be easy to use. At present, the sensory section of the Fugl–Meyer Assessment and the Erasmus MC modifications of the Nottingham Sensory Assessment show the most effective balance of usability and robustness, when delivered according to the operating instructions.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Rehabilitation
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0269-2155
    Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
    Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 16:11
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:27
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22586

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