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									JRRD                             Volume 49, Number 2, 2012
                                       Pages 191–208




Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing: A systematic review

Niamh A. Moloney, MSc;1* Toby M. Hall, PhD;2 Catherine M. Doody, PhD1
¹School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Population Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland;
²School of Physiotherapy, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Australia



Abstract—The use of quantitative sensory testing (QST) has                patients using QST involves analyzing multiple parame-
become more widespread, with increasing focus on describing               ters of sensory testing to determine whether patients dem-
somatosensory profiles and pain mechanisms. However, the                  onstrate dominant features of sensory deficit or sensory
reliability of thermal QST has yet to be established. We sys-             hyperexcitability [5,8]. It is thought that this will further
tematically searched the literature using key medical databases.          the understanding of pain mechanisms and the develop-
Independent reviewers evaluated r
								
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