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Development of a Computerized Digit Vigilance Test and validation in patients with stroke

Chun-Ming Yang, Gong-Hong Lin, Mei-Hsiang Chen, I-Ping Hsueh, Ching-Lin Hsieh
Department of Neurology, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-1945


Objectives: To develop a computerized Digit Vigilance Test (C-DVT) with lower random measurement error than that of the DVT and to examine the concurrent validity, ecological validity, and test-retest reliability of the C-DVT in patients with stroke.
Design: A cross-sectional study.
Patients: Forty-four patients with stroke.
Methods: We developed and tested the C-DVT. To examine the psychometric properties, the participants completed both the C-DVT and DVT twice with a 14-day interval.
Results: We developed the C-DVT on the basis of expert input and examinee feedback. C-DVT scores were highly correlated with DVT scores (ρ = 0. 75), supporting the concurrent validity. The C-DVT scores were moderately correlated with the scores of the Barthel Index and the Activities of Daily Living Computerized Adaptive Testing system (ρ = –0. 60~–0. 57), supporting the ecological validity. The test-retest agreement of the C-DVT was excellent (intra-class correlation coefficient = 0. 92). The random measurement error of the C-DVT (minimal detectable change percent change (MDC%) = 15. 4%) was acceptable and lower than that of the DVT (33. 0%). The practice effects of the C-DVT were statistically significant, but the effect size d was small (0. 15).
Conclusion: A C-DVT with a limited amount of random measurement error was developed. These preliminary findings show that the C-DVT demonstrates satisfactory concurrent validity, ecological validity, and test-retest reliability in patients with stroke.

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