Reliability of the House and Brackmann grading system for facial palsy.

  title={Reliability of the House and Brackmann grading system for facial palsy.},
  author={Richard A. Evans and Meredydd L Harries and D M Baguley and David A. Moffat},
  journal={The Journal of laryngology and otology},
  volume={103 11},
The House and Brackmann grading system has been recommended as a universal standard for assessing the degree of facial palsy. This study examined the inter-observer reliability of this system. Three observers assigned a grade to each patient, examined independently, on the same day. Forty patients with a unilateral facial palsy of varying aetiology and severity were assessed. Of the 120 judgements, eight were in dispute, by a maximum of one grade, giving an inter-observer reliability of 93 per… CONTINUE READING

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