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Interrater reliability of the craniocervical flexion test in asymptomatic individuals-a cross-sectional study.
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PMID:  21621726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate interrater reliability of the craniocervical flexion test (CCFT) on asymptomatic subjects.
METHODS: A cross-sectional repeated-measures study design was used. Thirty asymptomatic subjects (15 men and 15 women; mean age, 33.7 years; range, 22-48 years) were recruited for the study. Subjects were positioned in supine lying with a pneumatic pressure sensor of the pressure biofeedback unit placed under the neck. Subjects performed 3 trials of craniocervical flexion with each trial consisting of 5 incremental stages (22, 24, 26, 28, and 30 mm Hg) guided through feedback from the pressure dial of the pressure biofeedback unit. All the trials were scored simultaneously by 2 raters. The outcome measure was the activation score-the maximum pressure (above baseline 20 mm Hg) that was achieved and held in a steady manner for 10 seconds. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC 3,1) was analyzed using the 2 repeated scores out of 3 trials for either rater.
RESULTS: Interrater reliability (ICC) for the CCFT was 0.91 (95% confidence interval, 0.83-0.96). There was a reasonable agreement on the Bland-Altman plot confirming high reliability of the test.
CONCLUSION: The study has shown high interrater reliability when 2 raters simultaneously scored the CCFT trials in asymptomatic individuals.
Ashokan Arumugam; Ramakrishnan Mani; Kavitha Raja
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-05-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1532-6586     ISO Abbreviation:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7807107     Medline TA:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
PhD Scholar, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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