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Kropmans TJ, Dijkstra PU, van Veen A, Stegenga B, de Bont LG
Journal Of Dental Research
The smallest detectable difference of mandibular function impairment in patients with a painfully restricted temporomandibular joint.
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Mandibular functions such as speech, laughing, yawning, mastication, and taking a large bite may be impaired if temporomandibular disorders exist. The Mandibular Function Impairement Questionnaire is a validated instrument that scores perceived difficulty of representative mandibular functions in relation to jaw complaints. However, the reliability of the Mandibular Function Impairment Questionnaire has never been adequately tested. Generalizability and decision studies are currently proposed to assess the reliability of a measurement device. The smallest detectable difference is the smallest statistically significant amount of change to be detected with a measurement device. The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of the Mandibular Function Impairement Questionnaire in terms of the smallest detectable difference. Twenty-five consecutive patients with painfully restricted temporomandibular joints completed the Mandibular Function Impairement Questionnaire on two separate measurement days, one week apart, using two consecutive sessions per day. Spearman's r was calculated for test-retest reliability. Variance components such as patients, measurement days, repetitions, and all their interactions were analyzed in the generalizability study. In the decision study, the smallest detectable difference was calculated for different days and repetitions. Spearman's r varied from 0.69 to 0.96. The between-patient variance and the error variance contributed 81% and 19% to total variance, respectively. The Mandibular Function Impairment Questionnaire is a reliable instrument for the assessment of mandibular function impairment. The minimal amount of change to be detected is 14 units on a scale of 0 to 68. Reliability in terms of the smallest detectable difference increases if the measurement is repeated twice on two separate days: The smallest detectable difference improves to 10 units.
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