Interobserver reliability of the Mallet score

Johannes A. Van Der Sluijs, Mirjam H. Van Doorn-Loogman, Marco J.P.F. Ritt, Paul I.J.M. Wuisman

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The interobserver reliability of the Mallet score for active shoulder function was assessed by three experienced observers in a group of 30 children with an obstetric brachial plexus lesion (mean age 7.1 years, range 4.5-10 years). Interobserver reliability, measured using weighted κ, was good. Kappa varied between 0.37 and 0.84 and differed between the different aspects of the Mallet score and different pairs of observers. In decreasing order, mean weighted κ was 0.75 for abduction, 0.73 for hand to neck, 0.67 for hand to spine, 0.6 for external rotation and 0.53 for hand to mouth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-327
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


  • Brachial palsy
  • Mallet score
  • Reliability

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