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Automated versus self-monitoring of ‘up-time’ in chronic low-back pain patients: a comparative study

Authors
Journal
Pain
0304-3959
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
15
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0304-3959(83)90075-1
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract The study compared up-time data gathered with automated and self-monitoring measurement systems. Six chronic low-back pain inpatients, 6 psychiatric inpatients and 6 hospital staff members were used as subjects. Concurrent recordings of up-time were taken over 4 consecutive days with the two measurement systems. Results showed that: (a) subjects across all 3 groups reported significantly less absolute up-time values from self-monitoring than automated monitoring, (b) nonpatient staff subjects exhibited greater absolute up-time levels from both measurement methods than those reported by low-back pain or psychiatric inpatients, (c) low-back pain subjects showed a greater discrepancy between absolute up-time measures from the two measurement systems than differences found for psychiatric or staff subjects, and (d) automated and self-monitoring up-time values were positively correlated within each group of subjects. It was concluded that automated and self-monitoring up-time data were not directly comparable. Expanded development and usage of automated measurement systems was recommended.

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