Journal article

Inter-examiner reliability to detect painful upper cervical joint dysfunction.

Gwendolen Jull, Guy Zito, Patricia Trott, Helen Potter, Debra Shirley

Aust J Physiother | Published : 1997


The presence of painful upper cervical joint dysfunction is a diagnostic criterion for cervicogenic headache. This preliminary study investigated whether independent examiners for a planned multicentre study of treatment of cervicogenic headache sufferers would agree on the presence or not of joint dysfunction for inclusion/exclusion of subjects into the trial. Ten subjects with or without neck pain and headache were recruited in each of four centres (total 40 subjects). Examiners manually assessed subjects' upper cervical regions in a single blind manner. There was excellent to complete agreement between each pair of examiners on which subjects should be allowed to enter the study and 70 pe..

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