Sensory-motor assessment in clinical research trials

Joseph C. Arezzo, Shirley Seto, Herbert H. Schaumburg

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The assessment of changes in sensory-motor function in clinical research presents a unique set of difficulties. Clinimetrics is the science of measurement as related to the identification of a clinical disorder, the tracing of the progression of the condition under study, and calculation of its impact. The selection of appropriate measures for clinical studies of sensory-motor function must consider validity, sensitivity, specificity, responsiveness, reliability, and feasibility. Reasonable measures of motor function in clinical research include manual examination of muscle strength, electrophysiology, functional scales, patient-reported outcomes (e.g., quality of life), and for severe conditions such as ALS, survival. The assessment of sensory function includes targeted electrophysiology and QOL, as well as more focused measures such as quantitative sensory testing and the scoring of positive symptoms. Each individual measure and each combination of endpoints has its strengths and limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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