Measures of sensation in neurological conditions: a systematic review
- OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the psychometric properties and clinical utility of measures of sensation in neurological conditions to inform future research studies and clinical practice.
DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and AMED) were searched from their inception to December 2010.
REVIEW METHODS: Search terms were used to identify articles that investigated any sensory measures in neurological conditions. Data about their psychometric properties and clinical utility were extracted and analyzed independently. The strength of the psychometric properties and clinical utility were assessed following recommendations. (1)
RESULTS: Sixteen sensory measures were identified. Inter-rater reliability and redundancy of testing protocols are particular issues for this area of assessment. Eleven were rejected because they were not available for a researcher or clinician to use. Of the remaining five measures, the Erasmus MC modifications of the Nottingham Sensory Assessment and the Sensory section of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment showed the best balance of clinical utility and psychometric properties.
CONCLUSION: Many measures of sensory impairment have been used in research but few have been fully developed to produce robust data and be easy to use. At present, the sensory section of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment and the Erasmus MC modifications of the Nottingham Sensory Assessment show the most effective balance of usability and robustness, when delivered according to the operating instructions.
- Clin Rehabil
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- Symptom status:
- Physical state
- Adults (18-65)
- Diseases of and symptoms related to the nervous system
- PRO / non-PRO:
- Non-patient Reported Outcome
- Type of measurement instrument:
- 4 - Performance-based tests
6 - Clinical rating scales
- EmNSA - Erasmus MC Modifications to the (revised) Nottingham Sensory Assessment
Fugl-Meyer Sensorimotor Assessment
Moving and Sustained Touch-Pressure tests
NSA - Nottingham Sensory Assessment
Rivermead Assessment of Somatosensory Perception
Touch Perception Threshold