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Reliability and validity of three functional tests in ambulatory patients with spinal cord injury.
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PMID:  23147127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Study design:A cross-sectional study.Objectives:To investigate reliability, discriminative ability and concurrent validity of three functional tests (including the 10-meter walk test (10MWT), timed up and go test (TUGT) and five times sit-to-stand test (FTSST)) using the Functional Independence Measure Locomotor (FIM-L) scores as a standard criterion.Setting:A tertiary rehabilitation center, Thailand.Methods:Subjects were 66 patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), who were able to walk at least 50 m unassisted with or without a walking device (FIM-L scores 6-7). They were tested for functional ability using the 10MWT, TUGT and FTSST. Sixteen subjects also assessed the ability using three assessors to evaluate the inter-tester reliability of the tools.Results:The three functional tests demonstrated excellent inter-tester reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient (3,3)=0.997-1.00) and could clearly distinguish between subjects who walked with and without a walking device. In addition, the tests showed significant correlation with walking categories or FIM-L scores (r(pb)=0.778, -0.692 and -0.595 for the 10MWT, TUGT and FTSST, respectively, P<0.001).Conclusion:The findings support reliability and validity of the 10MWT, TUGT and FTSST to assess levels of independences in ambulatory subjects with SCI.Spinal Cord advance online publication, 13 November 2012; doi:10.1038/sc.2012.126.
Authors:
P Poncumhak; J Saengsuwan; W Kamruecha; S Amatachaya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spinal cord     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5624     ISO Abbreviation:  Spinal Cord     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9609749     Medline TA:  Spinal Cord     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
1] Improvement of Physical Performance and Quality of Life (IPQ) Research Group, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand [2] Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand.
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