Normative Data Task Force: Establishing High-Quality Reference Values for NCS
Dr. Ted Burns interviews Dr. Timothy Dillingham about the Normative Data Taskforce (NDTF) report on establishing high quality reference values for nerve conduction studies (NCS). Because there are not uniform standards for NCS in the United States, the NDTF developed consensus-based methodological criteria for examining NCS and applied this quality criteria to a systematic review of the published literature. The NDTF has done the difficult work of scouring the literature and identifying high quality articles for our members. Nerve conduction testing techniques and normative reference values from these studies that met a high quality standard are now presented for our membership to use in an easy to follow tabular format. Two reports on the work of the NDTF were published in the September issue of Muscle and Nerve: Muscle Nerve. 2016 Sep;54(3):366-70. doi: 10.1002/mus.25204 and Muscle Nerve. 2016 Sep;54(3):371-7.