Validation of the Monitoring Efficacy of Neurogenic Bowel Treatment on Response (MENTOR) Tool in a Japanese Rehabilitation Setting

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  • Masashi Nomi, Hyogo Prefectural Central Rehabilitation Hospital
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  • Atsushi Sengoku, Hyogo Prefectural Central Rehabilitation Hospital
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  • Klaus Krogh
  • Anton Emmanuel, University College Hospital, Ireland
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  • Albert Bohn Christiansen, Medical Affairs

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study.

OBJECTIVE: To validate the Monitoring Efficacy of NBD Treatment On Response (MENTOR) tool in individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or spina bifida, suffering from neurogenic bowel dysfunction (NBD) in a rehabilitation center in Japan.

METHODS: First, the MENTOR tool was translated from English to Japanese using a validated translation process. Second, the MENTOR tool was validated in a rehabilitation clinic in Japan. Participants completed the MENTOR tool prior to a consultation with an expert physician. According to the results of the tool, each participant was allocated to one of three categories regarding change in treatment: "adequately treated," "further discussion," and "recommended change." The results of the MENTOR tool were compared with the treatment decision made by an expert physician, who was blinded to the results of the MENTOR tool.

RESULTS: A total of 60 participants completed the MENTOR tool. There was an acceptable concordance between individuals allocated as respectively, being adequately treated (100%) and recommended change in treatment (61%) and the physicians' decision on treatment. The concordance was lower for individuals allocated as requiring further discussion (48%).

CONCLUSIONS: In this study the MENTOR tool was successfully validated in a Japanese rehab setting. The tool will help identify individuals with SCI that need further treatment of their NBD symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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