Establishing high-quality reference values for nerve conduction studies: A report from the normative data task force of the American Association Of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Timothy Dillingham, Shan Chen, Michael Andary, Ralph Buschbacher, David Del Toro, Benn Smith, Kuno Zimmermann, S. O. Yuen

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Introduction: There are not uniform standards for nerve conduction testing across the United States. The objective of this study is to present a set of methodologically sound criteria to evaluate the literature for the purpose of identifying high-quality normative nerve conduction studies (NCS) suitable for widespread use. Methods: The Normative Data Task Force (NDTF) was formed to review published studies on methodological issues related to NCS. A set of criteria was then developed to evaluate the literature. These criteria and their rationale are described. Results: We identified 7 key issues that reflect high quality in NCS. For each issue, specific review criteria were developed. Conclusion: Rigorous criteria enable identification of high-quality studies dealing with nerve conduction reference values. This represents the first step toward the overarching goal of recommending NCS techniques and reference values for electrodiagnostic medicine. Muscle Nerve 54: 366–370, 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-370
Number of pages5
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • erve conduction
  • guidelines
  • nerve conduction studies
  • normal values
  • normative data
  • reference values
  • standards of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)

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