Development of the Finnish neurological function testing battery for dogs and its intra- and inter-rater reliability

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Boström , A F , Hyytiäinen , H K , Koho , P , Cizinauskas , S & Hielm-Björkman , A K 2018 , ' Development of the Finnish neurological function testing battery for dogs and its intra- and inter-rater reliability ' , Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica , vol. 60 , 56 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13028-018-0408-2

Title: Development of the Finnish neurological function testing battery for dogs and its intra- and inter-rater reliability
Author: Boström, Anna Fredrika; Hyytiäinen, Heli Katariina; Koho, Petteri; Cizinauskas, Sigitas; Hielm-Björkman, Anna Katrina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine
Date: 2018-09-17
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
ISSN: 0044-605X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/247833
Abstract: Background: The Finnish neurological function testing battery for dogs (FINFUN) was developed to meet the increasing demand for objective outcome measures in veterinary physiotherapy. The testing battery should provide consistent, reproducible results and have established face and content validity. Internal consistency and intra-and inter-rater reliability of the FINFUN were also investigated. Results: The FINFUN comprised 11 tasks: lying, standing up from lying, sitting, standing up from sitting, standing, proprioceptive positioning, starting to walk, walking, trotting, walking turns and walking stairs. A score from 0 to 4, (0: unable to perform task, 4: performing task with normal motor function) was given for each task, the maximum score being 44. Twenty-six dogs were filmed when performing the FINFUN. Seven observers scored the performances from the video recordings. The FINFUN was considered to have appropriate face and content validity based on a pilot study, clinical experience and critical reflection of the development process. Its internal consistency was excellent, with no Cronbach's alpha values below 0.922. The intra-rater reliability for total score of experienced observers was almost perfect: 0.999 (observer 1) and 0.994 (observer 2). The inter-rater reliability for both experienced and novice observers' total scores was also almost perfect (0.919-0.993). Analysis of each individual task showed substantial intra-rater and inter-rater agreement for the tasks "lying" and "sitting". Conclusions: The FINFUN is an objective, valid and reliable tool with standardized scoring criteria for evaluation of motor function in dogs recovering from spinal cord injury.
Subject: Inter-rater reliability
Intra-rater reliability
Motor function
Neurology
Outcome measure
Physiotherapy
Testing battery
Validity
SPINAL-CORD-INJURY
INTERVERTEBRAL-DISK HERNIATION
WALKING
REHABILITATION
RECOVERY
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