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Interrater Reliability in Finger Joint Goniometer Measurement in Dupuytrens Disease
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3527-5488
2012 (English)In: Journal of occupational therapy, ISSN 0272-9490, Vol. 66, no 1, 98-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigated interrater reliability of range of motion (ROM) measurement in the finger joints of people with Dupuytrens disease. Eight raters measured flexion and extension of the three finger joints in one affected finger of each of 13 people with different levels of severity of Dupuytrens disease, giving 104 measures of joints and motions. Reliability measures, represented by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), standard error of the mean (SEM), and differences between raters with the highest and lowest mean scores, were calculated. ICCs ranged from .832 to .973 depending on joint and motion. The SEM was andlt;= 3 degrees for all joints and motions. Differences in mean between highest and lowest raters were larger for flexion than for extension; the largest difference was in the distal interphalangeal joint. The results indicate that following these standardized guidelines, the interrater reliability of goniometer measurements is high for digital ROM in people with Dupuytrens disease.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Occupational Therapy Association , 2012. Vol. 66, no 1, 98-103 p.
Keyword [en]
arthrometry, articular, Dupuytren contracture, finger joint, range of motion, articular, reproducibility of results
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75284DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2012.001925ISI: 000299362000012OAI: diva2:505910
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2016-03-10
In thesis
1. Hand function in patients with Dupuytren’s disease: Assessment, results & patients’ perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hand function in patients with Dupuytren’s disease: Assessment, results & patients’ perspectives
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Dupuytren’s Disease (DD) is a soft tissue disorder that leads to finger joint contractures affecting hand function. DD can be treated with surgery or injection and hand therapy to improve finger joint extension and thereby improve hand function. However, this does not cure the disease and recurrence is common. Previous research on DD has shown improvement in finger joint extension and in self-reported disability of the upper extremity after surgery and hand therapy for DD. However, this provides only a limited perspective on hand function, and multiple dimensions of changes in hand function (i.e. physical, psychosocial aspects and including the patients’ views of results) have not been reported as a whole.

Aim: The overall aim of the thesis was to explore hand function before and after surgery and hand therapy in patients with DD, including assessment, results and patients’ perspectives.

Methods: The thesis comprises three studies: Study A was a methodological study of interrater reliability in goniometry of the finger joints. Study B was a prospective cohort study with a repeated measures design. Study C was a qualitative interview study, using the model of Patient Evaluation Process and content analysis.

Results: Interrater reliability was high or very high for goniometer measurement of finger joint range of motion (ROM) in patients with DD when experienced raters follow our standardized guidelines developed for the study. Changes in hand function consisted of improvement of finger joint extension while active finger flexion was significantly impaired during the first year after surgery and hand therapy. No patient reached a normal ROM, but the majority reached a functional ROM. Sensibility remained unaffected. Patients with surgery on multiple fingers had worse scar pliability than patients with surgery on a single finger. Most patients had their expectations met and were pleased or delighted with their hand function at 12 months after surgery and hand therapy. Safety issues of hand function were of greater concern than social issues. Patients reported less disability and improved health-related quality of life after surgery and hand therapy. The three variables “need to take special precautions”, “avoid using the hand in social context”, and health-related quality of life had significant importance for patients’ rating of functional recovery. Together, these variables explained 62% of the variance in functional recovery. Patients’ perspectives of undergoing a surgical intervention process were described through five categories. Previous experiences of care influenced participants’ expectations of results and the care they were about to receive. Previous experiences and expectations were used as references for appraisal of results, which concerned perceived changes in hand function, the care process, competency, and organization. Appraisal of results could also vary in relation to  patient character. Appraisal of results of the intervention process influenced participants’ expectations of future hand function, health and care.

Conclusions: Surgery and hand therapy for DD improve hand function and patients regain a functional ROM needed for performance of common daily activities. Despite the negative effect on finger flexion present during the first year after surgery, patients’ regards their hand function as recovered six to eight months after surgery and hand therapy. Measuring digital ROM in the finger joints with a goniometer is a reliable assessment method. However, from the patient’s perspective, it is not enough to evaluate results only in terms of digital extension or ROM. From their view, results of treatment concern consequences on daily use of the hand, what happens during the care process in terms of interaction between patient and health care provider, as well as their view of the competence and logistics of the organization providing the care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 78 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1497
National Category
Physiotherapy Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Nursing Surgery Neurology
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125973 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-125973 (DOI)978-91-7685-873-8 (Print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-04-22, Berzeliussalen, Campus US, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-03-14Bibliographically approved

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