Reliability of Pain Measurements Using Computerized Cuff Algometry: A DoloCuff Reliability and Agreement Study
Kvistgaard Olsen, J., Fener, D. K., Waehrens, E. E., Wulf Christensen, A., Jespersen, A., Danneskiold-Samsøe, B. & Bartels, E. M. jul. 2017 I : Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain. 17, 6, s. 708-717 10 s.
Publikation: Forskning - peer review › Tidsskriftartikel
INTRODUCTION: Computerized pneumatic cuff pressure algometry (CPA) using the DoloCuff is a new method for pain assessment. Intra- and inter-rater reliabilities have not yet been established. Our aim was to examine the inter- and intrarater reliabilities of DoloCuff measures in healthy subjects.
METHODS: Twenty healthy subjects (ages 20 to 29 years) were assessed three times at 24-hour intervals by two trained raters. Inter-rater reliability was established based on the first and second assessments, whereas intrarater reliability was based on the second and third assessments. Subjects were randomized 1:1 to first assessment at either rater 1 or rater 2. The variables of interest were pressure pain threshold (PT), pressure pain tolerance (PTol), and temporal summation index (TSI). Reliability was estimated by a two-way mixed intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) absolute agreement analysis. Reliability was considered excellent if ICC > 0.75, fair to good if 0.4 < ICC < 0.75, and poor if ICC < 0.4. Bias and random errors between raters and assessments were evaluated using 95% confidence interval (CI) and Bland-Altman plots.
RESULTS: Inter-rater reliability for PT, PTol, and TSI was 0.88 (95% CI: 0.69 to 0.95), 0.86 (95% CI: 0.65 to 0.95), and 0.81 (95% CI: 0.42 to 0.94), respectively. The intrarater reliability for PT, PTol, and TSI was 0.81 (95% CI: 0.53 to 0.92), 0.89 (95% CI: 0.74 to 0.96), and 0.75 (95% CI: 0.28 to 0.91), respectively.
CONCLUSION: Inter-rater reliability was excellent for PT, PTol, and TSI. Similarly, the intrarater reliability for PT and PTol was excellent, while borderline excellent/good for TSI. Therefore, the DoloCuff can be used to obtain reliable measures of pressure pain parameters in healthy subjects.
|Tidsskrift||Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain|
|Status||Udgivet - jul. 2017|