Work-Oriented Executive Dysfunction: Evaluation of Critical Demands During FCE

DATE: Thursday, June 5, 2014
TIME: 2:00pm–3:30pm ET
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Dr. Leonard Matheson and Tania Percy, B.Sc. (OT), B.A., are among North America’s thought-leaders of cognitive testing as related to hiring, return-to-work, stay-at-work, and life care planning. Join them for an update on developments in the field. The discussion will be followed by a vigorous question and answer period.

Reliability of the Spanish-Language Version of the MTAP

A research study has been published describing the reliability of the Spanish-language version of the MTAP:

Verna JL, Matheson LN, Gables S, Hause R, Mayer JM. (2012). “Development and Reliability Testing of Spanish Language and English Language Versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile”. J Occup Rehabil. Published online October 13, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10926-012-9395-8.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the: 1) test-retest reliability of the English and Spanish language versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile (MTAP), and 2) cross-cultural adaptation of the Spanish language version of the MTAP. The MTAP is a patient-reported outcome measure of physical function that uses a combination of text and pictorial illustrations.

Methods: An observational study was conducted with a convenience sample of patients with musculoskeletal disorders from three outpatient physical rehabilitation centers. Participants (n = 110) completed the MTAP two times over a three-day period. Focus groups were conducted at the end of the study. Correlation analyses were used to assess test-retest reliability and qualitative analyses were used to assess cultural adaptation of the MTAP.

Results: The English and Spanish versions of the MTAP displayed good test-retest reliability (ICC 2,1 = 0.87 to 0.97, p < 0.05). Qualitative analyses demonstrated adequate cross-cultural adaptation of the Spanish language version of the instrument.

Conclusions: The findings of this study indicate that the MTAP has been adequately adapted from its original English version for use with Spanish-speaking individuals. The MTAP in its current form of 50 items is reliable when administered to individuals with musculoskeletal disorders in either English or Spanish.

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Fighter’s Brains Show Changes Before Symptoms Appear

The New York Times reports that preliminary findings from the year-old Professional Fighters Brain Health Study show that physical changes in the brain resulting from repeated blows to the head are detectable before memory loss and decline in cognitive function appear.

According to Dr. Charles Bernick, the focus on blows that result in concussion rather than on many lesser blows may be too narrow.

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Effectiveness of Steroid Shots Compared with That of Placebo for Back Pain

Nicholas Bakalar in the New York Times Well blog reports that a randomized study of 84 adults with short-term back pain shows that there is no statistical significance in reduction of leg and back pain when comparing steroid injections, an arthritis medicine, and a placebo. “The researchers conclude that steroids may provide some short-term analgesic effect, but that the improvement in all of the patients was mainly due to normal healing.”

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