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Table 3 Results of the Anchor-based, Distribution and Opinion methods

From: “Minimal clinically important difference” estimates of 6 commonly-used performance tests in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain completing a work-related multidisciplinary rehabilitation program

  Anchor-based method/Distribution method Opinion
  Upper limb Lower limb Neck/Back  
6MWT + 75 / + 58 + 60 / + 55 + 83
SRT NR (+ 25 to + 55) / +39 NR (+ 25 to + 50) / + 44 +61
1MSCT + 18 / + 16 + 15 / + 18 + 25
STS NR (−2.0 to −3.3) / -5 NR (−4.0 to −6.0) / -7 −6
JAM + 5 / + 6 + 9
PILE NR (+ 2.5 to + 5.0) / + 4 NR (0 to + 2.5) / + 4 NR (+ 2.5 to + 5.0) / + 4 + 7
  1. NR Not Relevant, only a range of values is given because no values are associated with both sensitivity and specificity ≥60% (the range boundaries correspond to the thresholds with either 60% sensitivity or 60% specificity). 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) in meters, Steep Ramp Test (SRT) in Watts, 1-Minute Stair Climbing Test (1MSCT) in steps, Sit-To-Stand test (STS) in seconds, Jamar dynamometer test (JAM) in Newtons, Progressive Isoinertial Lifting Evaluation (PILE) in kg