Emery, N, Strachan, K, Kulshrestha, R, Kuiper, JH and Willis, T (2022) Evaluating the Feasibility and Reliability of Remotely Delivering and Scoring the North Star Ambulatory Assessment in Ambulant Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Children, 9 (5). 728 - 728. ISSN 2227-9067

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Objective: The North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) is a validated 17-item functional rating scale and widely used to assess motor function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and subsequent Government 'lockdown' resulted in no face-toface clinic visits hence the motor abilities were not monitored. The aim was to investigate whether the NSAA was feasible and reliable by video assessment. Method: Ten ambulant DMD boys were selected from the electronic hospital records. Two physiotherapists scored the boys' NSAA independently and the intraclass correlation coefficient was used to assess agreement. The video scores were compared to two previous NSAA in-clinic scores. Results: Mean scores (SD) for clinic visit one were 22.6 (4.19) and clinic visit two 21.8 (5.3). The two physiotherapists video mean scores were 20.6 (5.66) for physiotherapist 1 and 20.6 (6.53) for physiotherapist 2. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.98 (95% CI 0.93-1.00) for the total NSAA and 1.00 (95% CI 1.00 to 1.00) for the rise time. The mean decline in score from clinic visit one (-12 months) to video assessment was 2.0 (2.8 SD). Conclusion: The results from the study suggest that video NSAA is partially feasible and reliable.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, north star ambulatory assessment, video assessment
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Physical medicine. Physical therapy. Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 13:51
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 14:26
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10962

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