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Publication Detail
Assessing tremor severity.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Bain PG, Findley LJ, Atchison P, Behari M, Vidailhet M, Gresty M, Rothwell JC, Thompson PD, Marsden CD
  • Publication date:
    08/1993
  • Pagination:
    868, 873
  • Journal:
    J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry
  • Volume:
    56
  • Issue:
    8
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    England
  • Print ISSN:
    0022-3050
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    Activities of Daily Living, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Observer Variation, Posture, Reproducibility of Results, Severity of Illness Index, Tremor
Abstract
A clinical rating scale which measured the severity of tremor in 20 patients (12 with essential tremor and 8 with "dystonic" tremor) was assessed at specific anatomical sites for both inter and intra-rater reliability using four raters. The scores obtained with the scale were compared with the results of upper limb accelerometry, an activity of daily living self-questionnaire and estimates of the tremor induced impairment in writing and drawing specimens. The results show that, for the purposes of routine assessment and therapeutic trials, a clinical rating scale can produce reliable results which are a more valid index of tremor induced disability than standard postural accelerometry.
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