Test clusters to improve diagnosis (of shoulder pathology)

How test clusters help you to accurately diagnose pathologic conditions.

Clinicians face a range of problems when attempting to establish a firm diagnosis, among which the lack of high quality evidence or even the lack of evidence at all, and – if evidence is present – the absence of robust, easily interpretable, methodological characteristics.

6 solid test clusters are available concerning shoulder pathology: for impingement, rotator cuff tears, anterior instability and labral tears. Most notably, distinguishing between impingement and rotator cuff tears remains difficult due to overlap in tests included in the clusters, and in both clusters for rotator cuff tears, older age is a component.

> From: Hegedus et al., Phys Ther Sport (2014-10-10 08:41:44) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Elsevier Ltd. Click here for the online summary. Translation by Willem-Paul Wiertz

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