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New Palpometer With Implications for Assessment of Deep Pain Sensitivity.
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PMID:  21460337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The aims of this study were to compare test-retest variability and accuracy measures between (1) manual palpation and a novel palpometer and (2) different force levels. Sixteen clinicians were instructed to target 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 kg on a force meter using manual palpation and the new palpometer (adjustable spring-coil with a small pin touching the examiner's hand when the correct pressure is reached). In all experiments, 10 consecutive measures of the force levels were recorded. The coefficient of variation (CV), actual force levels, and relative differences between target level and actual force level were compared between experiments and target levels. All outcome parameters had significantly lower values for the new palpometer than for manual palpation in a force-dependent manner (p < 0.004). CVs and actual force levels were significantly different between all target levels (p < 0.004). The new palpometer had low test-retest variability and provides a more accurate pressure stimulus than manual palpation.
S Futarmal; M Kothari; E Ayesh; L Baad-Hansen; P Svensson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of dental research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1544-0591     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0354343     Medline TA:  J Dent Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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