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Complement Ther Med. 2001 Sep;9(3):141-5.

Test-retest-reliability and validity of the Kinesiology muscle test.

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Karl und Veronica Carstens-Stiftung, Essen, Germany. r.luedtke@carstens-stiftung.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the test-retest-reliability and validity of the Health Kinesiology muscle test.

PATIENTS:

Seven patients with clinically and allergologically confirmed wasp venom allergy.

DESIGN:

Four Health Kinesiology-examiners tested each patient in a random order for 10 verum and 10 placebo bottles. All examiners used the anterior deltoid as indicator muscle. Patients and examiners were completely blinded.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Weak muscle holds were rated as 'sensitivity' towards the test substance, stable holding as normal (not sensitive).

RESULTS:

An overall kappa of 0.03 (95%-CI: -0.02-0.07) indicates the test is not reliable. Individual kappas do not substantially vary from examiner to examiner. Sensitivity and specificity were estimated at 40% and 60%.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that the use of Health Kinesiology as a diagnostic tool is not more useful than random guessing. This should at least be true in patients with insect venom allergy that are tested by examiners with average skills.

PMID:
11926427
DOI:
10.1054/ctim.2001.0455
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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