Deriving modified rankin scores from medical records

Quinn, T.J. , Ray, G., Atula, S., Walters, M.R., Dawson, J. and Lees, K.R. (2008) Deriving modified rankin scores from medical records. Stroke, 39(12), pp. 3421-3423. (doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.519306)

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Abstract

<p><b>Background and Purpose:</b> Modified Rankin score (mRS) is traditionally graded using a face-to-face or telephone interview. Certain stroke assessment scales can be derived from a review of a patient’s case-record alone. We hypothesized that mRS could be successfully derived from the narrative within patient case-records.</p> <p><b>Methods:</b> Sequential patients attending our cerebrovascular outpatient clinic were included. Two independent, blinded clinicians, trained in mRS, assessed case-records to derive mRS. They scored “certainty” of their grading on a 5-point Likert scale. Agreement between derived and traditional face-to-face mRS was calculated using attribute agreement analysis.</p> <p><b>Results:</b> Fifty patients with a range of disabilities were included. Case-record appraisers were poor at deriving mRS (k=0.34 against standard). Derived mRS grades showed poor agreement between observers (k=0.33). There was no relationship between certainty of derived mRS and proportion of correct grades (P=0.727).</p> <p><b>Conclusion:</b> Accurate mRS cannot be derived from standard hospital records. Direct mRS interview is still required for clinical trials.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lees, Professor Kennedy and Ray, Dr Gautamananda and Dawson, Professor Jesse and Walters, Professor Matthew and Quinn, Dr Terence
Authors: Quinn, T.J., Ray, G., Atula, S., Walters, M.R., Dawson, J., and Lees, K.R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Stroke
Publisher:American Heart Association
ISSN:0039-2499
ISSN (Online):1524-4628
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 American Heart Association
First Published:First published in Stroke 39(12):3421-3423
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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