Evaluation of shoulder-specific patient-reported outcome measures: a systematic and standardized comparison of available evidence.
The authors have performed a study evaluating the evidence of multi-item shoulder-specific patient-reported outcome measures.
They identified 11 instruments of which The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) shoulder assessment, Simple Shoulder Test (SST) and Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) were rated as the best. They were found to be reliable, valid, responsive and low administration burden. The authors conclude that these questionnaires therefore should be the first choice when evaluating function and disability of shoulder patients. Flexilevel of Shoulder Function (FLEX-SF), Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI), Dutch Shoulder Disability Questionnaire (SDQ-NL) were found to be acceptable but further evaluation is warranted.
Depending on the requirements of the measuring instrument the authors suggest SST for clinical studies were responsiveness and reproducibility to be the priority. In clinical practice the SDQ-NL may be used even though further work needs to be done. > From: Schmidt et al., J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2013) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Image taken from: orthogate.org.
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