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Eur Spine J. 2004 Jul;13(4):301-13. Epub 2004 Mar 17.

Condition-specific outcome measures for low back pain. Part I: validation.

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Institute for Evaluative Research in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Bern, Murtenstrasse 35, P.O. Box 8354, 3001 Bern, Switzerland. umueller@memced.org

Abstract

A literature review of the nine most widely used, condition-specific, self-administered assessment questionnaires for low back pain has been undertaken. General and historic aspects, reliability, responsiveness and minimum clinically important difference, external validity, floor and ceiling effects and available languages were analysed for the nine most-used outcome tools. When considering which condition-specific measure to employ, the present overview on assessment tools should provide the necessary information to define the technical aspects of the nine questionnaires. These criteria, however, are only part of the consideration. In part II the construction of these scales in relationship to the measurement domains will be evaluated.

PMID:
15029488
PMCID:
PMC3468051
DOI:
10.1007/s00586-003-0665-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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