Inter-Tester Reliability and Agreement of the Cumulated Ambulation Score in Subacute Stroke: The InTRO-CAS-stroke study

Christian Hedelund Arens, Nicole Milwertz Johnsen, Manuela Milanesi, Ali H Weli, Connie Linnebjerg, Hanne Christensen, Morten Tange Kristensen

Abstract

TITLE: Inter-Tester Reliability and Agreement of the Cumulated Ambulation Score in Stroke patients: The InTRO-CAS-stroke study OBJECTIVE: To examine the inter-tester reliability of the total Cumulated Ambulation Score (CAS) and the three activities of the CAS, and to define limits for the smallest change in basic mobility that indicates a real change in patients with stroke.

METHODS: An intertester reliability study.

SETTING: Participants: 60 participants from a specialized stroke unit with a mean age of 69.10 ±13.23 years. The CAS describes a patient's independency in three activities - (1) getting in and out of bed, (2) sit to stand from a chair, and (3) walking ability and was assessed by two independent physiotherapists at median day 3 poststroke. Each activity was assessed on a three-point ordinal scale from 0 (not able to) to 2 (independent). The cumulated score for each activity provides a total CAS from 0 to 6, with 6 indicating independent basic mobility. Relative and absolute reliability was evaluated using weighted kappa, the standard error of measurement (SEM) and minimal detectable change (MDC).

RESULTS: The weighted kappa for the total CAS score was 0.816 and ranged from 0.733 to 0.904 for the 3 CAS activities. The SEM and the MDC of the total CAS was 0.37 and 1.03 respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: The intertester reliability of the CAS is almost perfect, and a change of 1 CAS point for the total CAS indicates a real change in basic mobility, at group level and for an individual patient with stroke CLINICALTRIALS.

GOV IDENTIFIER: NCT05601089.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107630
JournalJournal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association
Pages (from-to)107630
ISSN1052-3057
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Feb 2024

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Inter-Tester Reliability and Agreement of the Cumulated Ambulation Score in Subacute Stroke: The InTRO-CAS-stroke study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this