The Use of an Educational Model in the Improvement of Student Reliability in Finding R1


Journal Article

Low inter-therapist reliability determining R1 has been reported in numerous studies. A lack of a standardized teaching method for mobilizations is frequently suggested as a reason for the poor reliability. The purpose of this study was to determine if a standardized educational intervention could improve the inter-therapist reliability in physical therapy students. In a prepost-test repeated measures design, 12 physical therapy students performed 3 sets of mobilization oscillations in an attempt to find R1. The mobilization force of R1 was indirectly measured using the Kistler Force Plate. A one-hour educational session was administered between pre- and post-testing. Pre-test values were poor (ICC = 0.0326; p = 0.309). The post-test scores did show improved reliability greater than chance (ICC = 0.416; p ≤ 0.0001). Although the post-test scores were not significantly better than the pre-test scores, the trend toward improved reliability warrants further investigation of the education protocol.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anson, E; Cook, C; Camacho, C; Gwilliam, B; Karakostas, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 204 - 212

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1066-9817

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1179/106698103790825546

Citation Source

  • Scopus