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Clinicians' tendencies to under-rate Parkinsonian tremors in the less affected hand

Title
Clinicians' tendencies to under-rate Parkinsonian tremors in the less affected hand
Authors
Lee H.J.Kim S.K.Park H.Kim H.B.Jeon H.S.Jung Y.J.Oh E.Kim H.J.Yun J.Y.Jeon B.S.Park K.S.
Ewha Authors
윤지영
SCOPUS Author ID
윤지영scopusscopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
PLoS ONE
ISSN
1932-6203JCR Link
Citation
vol. 10, no. 6
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
The standard assessment method for tremor severity in Parkinson's disease is visual observation by neurologists using clinical rating scales. This is, therefore, a subjective rating that is dependent on clinical expertise. The objective of this study was to report clinicians' tendencies to under-rate Parkinsonian tremors in the less affected hand. This was observed through objective tremor measurement with accelerometers. Tremor amplitudes were measured objectively using tri-axis-accelerometers for both hands simultaneously in 53 patients with Parkinson's disease during resting and postural tremors. The videotaped tremor was rated by neurologists using clinical rating scales. The tremor measured by accelerometer was compared with clinical ratings. Neurologists tended to under-rate the less affected hand in resting tremor when the contralateral hand had severe tremor in Session I. The participating neurologists corrected this tendency in Session II after being informed of it. The under-rating tendency was then repeated by other uninformed neurologists in Session III. Kappa statistics showed high inter-rater agreements and high agreements between estimated scores derived from the accelerometer signals and the mean Clinical Tremor Rating Scale evaluated in every session. Therefore, clinicians need to be aware of this under-rating tendency in visual inspection of the less affected hand in order to make accurate tremor severity assessments. © 2015 Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0131703
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