Purpose: Test-retest reliability of the Functional Reach Test was examined in children with typical development by comparing standard and alternate methods.
Methods: Eighty subjects ages seven to 16 years were tested and 69 retested for four methods of Functional Reach Test (ie, one-arm finger-to-finger, two-arm finger-to-finger, one-arm toe-to-finger, and two-arm toe-to-finger). Intraclass correlation coefficients and limits of agreement were calculated.
Results: Intraclass correlation coefficients were high in toe-to-finger measurement methods (0.97– 0.98) for the entire group and specific age groups (00.83–0.93). Toe-to-finger methods were more reliable than finger-to-finger methods. The two-arm toe-to-finger method had the best limis of agreement with approximately ±5 cm indicated by the 95% confidence interval.
Conclusions: Test-retest reliability using a toe-to-finger method of measuring is stronger than previously reported when using traditional methods. Limits of agreement analyses imply a change of 5 cm or more is likely to represent a true clinical difference when using the two-arm toe-to-finger method.
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Volkman, Kathleen G.; Stergiou, Nicholas; Stuberg, Wayne A.; Blanke, Daniel; and Stoner, Julie, "Methods to Improve the Reliability of the Functional Reach Test in Children and Adolescents With Typical Development" (2007). Journal Articles. 153.