In order to improve the consistency both between different examining physicians (interrater reliability) and between different examinations by the same physician (intrarater reliability), we developed the Neurostatus / EDSS-training method. This training program is based on a standardised neurological examination, which provides the information necessary for the assessment of disability and impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS).
The basic EDSS Training is offered at investigator meetings and provided by members of the EDSS Expert team of the University Hospital Basel. The interactive training lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers specific topics in assessing the Neurostatus sub-scores, calculating the Functional System (FS) scores and the EDSS step.
In addition to the above an integrated electronic data capture training module on iPad (Neurostatus e-Scoring) is offered on request.
The Neurostatus Training DVD-ROM is an interactive training tool for a standardised neurological examination and assessment of Kurtzke's Functional Systems and Expanded Disability Status Scale in Multiple Sclerosis.
It is highly recommended that physicians seeking certification first become familiarised with the Neurostatus Training DVD-ROM and Neurostatus Scoring Documents.
The Neurostatus Training DVD-ROM is currently availble in 2 versions 03/09 or 04/10.2 and can be ordered here
The DVD-ROM contains:
- Three complete neurological patient examinations on video, allowing trainee to determine Neurostatus scores, FS scores and EDSS step (see Screen 1).
- Training feedback after completion of the patients examinations, with highlighted areas for further review (see Screen 2).
- Topics section addresses difficult aspects of the neurological examination and illustrates the various degrees of impairment/disability in an interactive and enjoyable manner for further review (see Screen 3).
- E-Test feedback allows quick and easy access to suggested areas for review according to the results of Neurostatus e-Test.
- Instructions, FAQ, links and references