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Sagittal spine shape literacy in the general adult population, assessed by a novel, simple graphical tool.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • [Purpose] The sagittal shape of the spine is associated with back-pain, balance and quality of life. We developed, evaluated and report the responses of a graphical tool to assess sagittal spine shape knowledge (literacy). [Participants and Methods] Two hundred and fifty adults were randomly assigned, in a cross-sectional crossover study, to free-hand draw and select the "ideal" sagittal spine shape. We evaluated the inter and intra-rater reliability and agreement between tests and the sagittal and lordotic spine literacy between the drawing and selection test versions. [Results] Drawing test inter- and intra-rater agreement was 79% and 80% respectively. Drawing vs. selection agreement was 43%. More participants drew than selected the correct spine (30% vs. 21%) (p<0.001) and lumbar lordosis shape (56% vs. 42%) (p<0.001). Test order did not affect spine shape literacy scores. A significantly poorer literacy trend was observed with spine pain presence (p=0.02). [Conclusion] We developed a reliable method to evaluate spine shape literacy and established that only 21% and 42% of our sample demonstrated correct sagittal spine and lordotic spine shape literacy, respectively. The low literacy scores suggests that consideration of including spine shape literacy in health literacy and self-management programs may be warranted, especially in ageing populations.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Cohen, L., Pappas, E., Simic, M., Refshauge, K., & Dennis, S. (2021). Sagittal spine shape literacy in the general adult population, assessed by a novel, simple graphical tool.. Journal of physical therapy science, 33(7), 554-559. doi:10.1589/jpts.33.554

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 554

End Page


  • 559

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • [Purpose] The sagittal shape of the spine is associated with back-pain, balance and quality of life. We developed, evaluated and report the responses of a graphical tool to assess sagittal spine shape knowledge (literacy). [Participants and Methods] Two hundred and fifty adults were randomly assigned, in a cross-sectional crossover study, to free-hand draw and select the "ideal" sagittal spine shape. We evaluated the inter and intra-rater reliability and agreement between tests and the sagittal and lordotic spine literacy between the drawing and selection test versions. [Results] Drawing test inter- and intra-rater agreement was 79% and 80% respectively. Drawing vs. selection agreement was 43%. More participants drew than selected the correct spine (30% vs. 21%) (p<0.001) and lumbar lordosis shape (56% vs. 42%) (p<0.001). Test order did not affect spine shape literacy scores. A significantly poorer literacy trend was observed with spine pain presence (p=0.02). [Conclusion] We developed a reliable method to evaluate spine shape literacy and established that only 21% and 42% of our sample demonstrated correct sagittal spine and lordotic spine shape literacy, respectively. The low literacy scores suggests that consideration of including spine shape literacy in health literacy and self-management programs may be warranted, especially in ageing populations.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Cohen, L., Pappas, E., Simic, M., Refshauge, K., & Dennis, S. (2021). Sagittal spine shape literacy in the general adult population, assessed by a novel, simple graphical tool.. Journal of physical therapy science, 33(7), 554-559. doi:10.1589/jpts.33.554

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 554

End Page


  • 559

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication