Arthroscopic subacromial decompression: responsiveness of disease-specific and health-related quality of life outcome measures

D A O'Connor, L S Chipchase, J Tomlinson, J Krishnan

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Abstract

Twenty-eight patients who presented with stage II or early stage III impingement syndrome were evaluated before and after decompression surgery to examine the sensitivity and responsiveness of health-related quality of life and disease-specific measures. The outcome instruments used included the Medical Outcomes Study SF36 health survey; the Constant-Murley shoulder scoring system (CM), the University of California at Los Angeles shoulder rating scale (UCLA) and visual analogue scales (VAS) for pain. Preoperative and short-term postoperative evaluations showed significant improvements in all outcome instruments, including pain and physical role dimensions of the SF36. However, the UCLA and VAS pain scores were confirmed as the most responsive and sensitive measures to short-term change following arthroscopic decompression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-40
Number of pages5
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 1999

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