Interrater Reliability of Three Versions of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory
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The purpose of this study was to estimate the interrater reliability of three shortened versions of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory (CAHAI-7, CAHAI-8, CAHAI-9) when used with persons with acquired brain injury (ABI). The CAHAI is an assessment of upper limb function with high reliability in the stroke and ABI populations. In the stroke population, three shortened versions of the measure have established reliability. Clinicians report time constraints as a barrier to using standardized assessments; thus, establishing the reliability of the shortened versions of the CAHAI in the ABI population may increase the use of this measure.
This was an observational, parameter estimation study. The participants were recruited from an in-patient ABI rehabilitation programme. The administration of the CAHAI to six persons with ABI was video recorded, and the video recordings were assessed by six clinicians to estimate interrater reliability. A Latin square design was used to balance the order in which the raters evaluated the videos. A repeated-measures analysis of variance was performed, and the variance components were used to calculate an intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and standard error of measurement (SEM) with 95% confidence limits (CLs) for each of the shortened versions.
Interrater reliability was high for all three versions: CAHAI-7, ICC=0.96 (95% CL: 0.89, 0.99; SEM 2.65); CAHAI-8, ICC=0.96 (95% CL: 0.90, 0.99; SEM 2.72); and CAHAI-9, ICC=0.95 (95% CL: 0.85, 0.99; SEM 3.49).
These results suggest that the three shortened versions of the CAHAI demonstrate high reliability in the ABI population. These versions may be particularly useful when time constraints or patient tolerance are an issue.
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