Analysis of the functional capacity outcome measures for DM1

Defining clinically relevant outcome measures for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) that can be valid and feasible for different phenotypes has proven problematic. The Outcome Measures for Myotonic Dystrophy (OMMYD) group proposed a battery of functional outcomes: 6-minute walk test, 30 seconds sit and stand test, timed 10 m walk test, timed 10 m walk/run test, and nine-hole peg test. This, however, required a large-scale investigation.

A cohort of 213 patients enrolled in the natural history study, PhenoDM1, was analyzed in cross-sectional analysis and subsequently 98 patients were followed for longitudinal analysis. The authors aimed to assess: (1) feasibility and best practice; (2) intra-session reliability; (3) validity; and (4) behavior over time, of these tests.

OMMYD outcomes proved feasible as 96% of the participants completed at least one trial for all tests and more than half (n = 113) performed all three trials of each test. Body mass index and disease severity associate with functional capacity. There was a significant difference between the first and second trials of each test. There was a moderate to strong correlation between these functional outcomes and muscle strength, disease severity and patient-reported outcomes. All outcomes after 1 year detected a change in functional capacity except the nine-hole peg test.

These tests can be used as a battery of outcomes or independently based on the shown overlapping psychometric features and strong cross-correlations. Due to the large and heterogeneous sample of this study, these results can serve as reference values for future studies.


Analysis of the functional capacity outcome measures for myotonic dystrophy. Jimenez-Moreno AC, Nikolenko N, Kierkegaard M, Blain AP, Newman J, Massey C, Moat D, Sodhi J, Atalaia A, Gorman GS, Turner C, Lochmüller H. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2019 Aug;6(8):1487-1497. doi: 10.1002/acn3.50845. Epub 2019 Jul 22.