Inter-and intra-rater analysis of hemiparetic shoulder abduction using PhysioPlay™
Changes in balance are observed in some hemiparetics following a stroke, generating significant physical, social, and economic impacts; thus, an assessment was developed to facilitate treatment plans for patients. Goniometry is currently used as an evaluation tool for range of motion (ROM); however, the development of exergames has brought a new perspective to the assessment, which uses a dynamic mechanism and has little subjectivity. Objective: This study evaluates the inter-and intra-rater
... -and intra-rater reliability of ROM measurement of the shoulder abduction in post-stroke patients using the exergame PhysioPlay™. Method: Thirteen volunteer chronic stroke survivors, aged 58.23 ± 9.96 years (men and women), participated in this study. Two physiotherapists evaluated the abduction of the shoulder using goniometry and the exergame PhysioPlay™. A retest was performed one week later. Clinical trial registry number – RBR-55smwr. Results: The results of the analyses using intraclass correlation coeficient (ICC) showed an excellent inter- and intra-rater reliability level (r > 0.90; p < .05). The Pearson correlation between the maximum measures obtained in the goniometry and the software PhysioPlay™ showed a high correlation (r > 0.90, p= .001). Conclusion: The Kinect associated with the exergame PhysioPlay™ presented excellent reliability in capturing the ROM measure compared to the conventional goniometry.