INTER-RATER RELIABILITY OF THE SØDRING MOTOR EVALUATION OF STROKE PATIENTS (SMES)
Karin Ek Halsaa, Karen Margrethe Sødring, Eva Bjelland, Kari Finsrud and Erik Bautz-Holter
The Sødring Motor Evaluation of Stroke patients is an instrument for physiotherapists to evaluate motor function and activities in stroke patients. The rating reflects quality as well as quantity of the patient’s unassisted performance within three domains: leg, arm and gross function. The inter-rater reliability of the method was studied in a sample of 30 patients admitted to a stroke rehabilitation unit. Three therapists were involved in the study; two therapists assessed the same patient on two consecutive days in a balanced design. Cohen’s weighted kappa and McNemar’s test of symmetry were used as measures of item reliability, and the intraclass correlation coefficient was used to express the reliability of the sumscores. For 24 out of 32 items the weighted kappa statistic was excellent (0. 75–0. 98), while 7 items had a kappa statistic within the range 0. 53–0. 74 (fair to good). The reliability of one item was poor (0. 13). The intraclass correlation coefficient for the three sumscores was 0. 97, 0. 91 and 0. 97. We conclude that the Sødring Motor Evaluation of Stroke patients is a reliable measure of motor function in stroke patients undergoing rehabilitation.
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