Dr. Krismer and Dr. Seppi contributed equally to this article
Article first published online: 31 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Movement Disorder Society
Volume 27, Issue 13, pages 1683–1685, November 2012
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Krismer, F., Seppi, K., Tison, F., Sampaio, C., Zangerl, A., Peralta, C., Yekhlef, F., Ghorayeb, I., Ory-Magne, F., Galitzky, M., Bozi, M., Scaravilli, T., Colosimo, C., Geser, F., Rascol, O., Poewe, W., Quinn, N. P., Wenning, G. K. and on behalf of the European Multiple System Atrophy Study Group (2012), The Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale: Intrarater reliability. Mov. Disord., 27: 1683–1685. doi: 10.1002/mds.25181
Funding agencies: This study was supported by funds of the 5th framework program of the European Community (QLK6-CT-2000-00661) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; F04404-B19).
Relevant conflicts of interest/financial disclosures: Nothing to report.
Full financial disclosures and author roles may be found in the online version of this article.
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 31 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 1 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 APR 2012
- multiple system atrophy;
- rating scale;
The Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale (UMSARS) was developed to provide a surrogate measure of disease progression in multiple system atrophy. In the present study, the intrarater agreement of the motor examination part of the UMSARS was determined.
All patients were first examined face to face, while being video-recorded, by two senior and two junior investigators. The patients' videotaped examinations were reevaluated after 3 months. Intrarater reliability for each item was analyzed by kappa statistics.
Overall weighted kappa (κ) values were at least substantial or excellent for all UMSARS motor examination items, except for ocular motor dysfunction, which showed only moderate intrarater agreement. Intrarater reliability was comparable between senior and junior raters, with all κ differences being ≤ 0.22.
The motor examination part of the UMSARS was found to have satisfactory intrarater reliability in the present cohort. © 2012 Movement Disorder Society