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Phys Ther. 1985 Sep;65(9):1339-42.

Reliability of goniometric measurements in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Previous studies of reliability of goniometric measurements have produced varied findings suggesting the need to document further the reliability of measuring range of motion in different patient groups. The purpose of this study was to determine the intratester and intertester reliability of goniometric measurements of seven common upper and lower extremity joint limitations in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Five physical therapists participated in the study. The procedure and order of measurements were standardized. Results showed that intratester reliability for all measurements was high (ICC = .81 to .94), but intertester reliability showed a wide variation (ICC = .25 to .91). The results of this study indicate the need to use the same examiner for long-term follow-up and for assessing results of specific treatment interventions.

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