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Comparative Study of Clinical Endpoint in DMD: Handheld Myometry (HHM) Versus CINRG Quantitative Measurement System (CQMS)

key information

study id #: NCT01125709

condition: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

status: completed


The aim of the proposed research is to compare two commonly used pediatric strength testing measures: handheld myometry (HHM) and CINRG Quantitative Measurement System (CQMS), with the goal of identifying a sensitive and valid tool for measuring muscle strength in children with DMD. The data obtained from this study will be used to make recommendations for strength measurement endpoints in prospective muscular dystrophy trials and provide more reliable and accurate recommendations in the clinic for strength assessment. This study will be performed at six participating sites in the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG).

mechanism of action: No pharmaceutical intervention

results: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/results/NCT01125709

last updated: November 22, 2018

study details

start date: January 2010

estimated completion: August 2010

size / enrollment: 30

study description:
We propose to compare the reliability of CQMS vs. HHM in the DMD population. The importance of this study is to be able to compare the results of clinical trials done by different networks using distinct strength endpoints. If results indicate a distinct difference in reliability of one tool over the other, a standardized tool could be established for research groups throughout the world to interpret strength in the context of clinical trials. If the results indicate minor differences then it would be possible to interpret and compare/contrast strength measurements used in different studies.
Understanding the relationship between the HHM vs CQMS will help us examine other surrogate measures capable of predicting functionality that are based on strength measurements.

primary outcomes:

  • Compare the inter and intra rater reliability of HHM and CQMS by measuring Elbow and Knee Flexor/Extensor Strength in children ages 6-18 diagnosed with DMD tested by experienced clinical evaluators in both HHM and CQMS. [ Time Frame: two-day visit ]
    Muscle groups will be tested in a standardized order 1. Knee extension 2. Knee flexion 3. Elbow Flexion 4. Elbow extension with all tests sequencing following a right to left pattern. This will reduce assessment bias and the impact of muscle fatigue per muscle group. Study participants are randomized to two different sequences of four assessments, one sequence performed on one testing day (Visit 1) and another on a different testing day (Visit 2).

inclusion criteria:
• Confirmed clinical and molecular diagnosis of DMD
• 6- 18 years of age
• Ability to follow 2 step instructions
• Ability to transfer to and from the wheelchair-mat with moderate assistance defined as no greater than 75% assistance.
• Signed informed consent of parental or legal guardian(s) is required for participants. Assent from children 7-18 years old may also required.

exclusion criteria:
• No Surgical procedures were performed <= 8 weeks before study procedures.
• No musculoskeletal injuries were experienced <= 8 weeks before study procedures.
• Investigator assessment that patient or parent/legal guardian are not willing or able to comply with study procedures.

study contacts

sponsor: Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group

investigators: Tina T Duong, MPT

locations: United States, Australia, Italy