In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Moana-Filho and colleagues report on multifactorial assessment of measurement errors related to the reliability of intraoral Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) . First of all, the authors should be applauded for their attempt to move intraoral QST forward by looking at intra-examiner reliability between four examiners in a comprehensive (and impressive) statistical model. The main contribution is that intraoral QST, indeed, is feasible and now with a slightly better understanding of key performance parameters such as intraexaminer reliability with four examiners. The authors argue that the relatively small number of test participants, and the choices only to look at a limited number of a standardized QST modalities and a few test regions are minor concerns and I will tend to agree. Why? Because overall the study will stand as another confirmatory piece of evidence in favour of the clinical applicability of intraoral QST. And that is important to highlight – and to publish.1Intraoral Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) in the Nordic countries and IASPQST has a long tradition and in particular Scandinavian researchers have made important contributions to the field (e.g. ). Most noticeably, also intraoral and extraoral QST has been developed
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Jul 1, 2017
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