The reliability of the MSFC and its components

Eija Rosti-Otajärvi, P Hämäläinen, K Koivisto, Laura Hokkanen

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    "Background - The Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC) is a multidimensional measurement tool for multiple sclerosis (MS) including a measure of ambulation (Timed 25-foot Walk [TWT]), arm function (Nine-Hole Peg Test [9HPT]) and cognition (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test [PASAT]). Objectives - To assess the reliability and practice effects in the Finnish version of the MSFC and its components. Materials and methods - Ten relapsing-remitting MS patients and 10 healthy controls underwent five testing sessions with the MSFC over a 4-week period. Results - The MSFC showed excellent intra- (0.99) and inter-rater (1.0) reliability. The MSFC, especially the 9HPT and the PASAT showed significant practice effects. On the 9HPT the controls remained stable whereas the patients improved their performance; on the PASAT both groups improved. Conclusions - The MSFC showed excellent intra- and inter-rater reliability although the 9HPT and the PASAT were prone to considerable practice effects."
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)421-427
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 515 Psychology

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