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Muscle Nerve. 2016 Sep;54(3):366-70. doi: 10.1002/mus.25204.

Establishing high-quality reference values for nerve conduction studies: A report from the normative data task force of the American Association Of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Author information

1
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania, 1800 Lombard Street, First Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146, USA.
2
Department of Neurology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
3
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
4
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
5
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
6
Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
7
Qinqunxx Institute, Rosharon, Texas, USA.
8
Department of Neurology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

There are not uniform standards for nerve conduction testing across the United States. The objective of this study is to present a set of methodologically sound criteria to evaluate the literature for the purpose of identifying high-quality normative nerve conduction studies (NCS) suitable for widespread use.

METHODS:

The Normative Data Task Force (NDTF) was formed to review published studies on methodological issues related to NCS. A set of criteria was then developed to evaluate the literature. These criteria and their rationale are described.

RESULTS:

We identified 7 key issues that reflect high quality in NCS. For each issue, specific review criteria were developed.

CONCLUSION:

Rigorous criteria enable identification of high-quality studies dealing with nerve conduction reference values. This represents the first step toward the overarching goal of recommending NCS techniques and reference values for electrodiagnostic medicine. Muscle Nerve 54: 366-370, 2016.

KEYWORDS:

erve conduction; guidelines; nerve conduction studies; normal values; normative data; reference values; standards of practice

PMID:
27238858
DOI:
10.1002/mus.25204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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