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Outcome assessment in neuromuscular spinal deformity.
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PMID:  23147622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Patient-based outcome measures are important tools quantifying the disease-specific and/or global quality of life (QOL) effects of spinal deformity treatment. In patients with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and myelomeningocele, treatment effects must be differentiated from underlying disease functional impairments. In general, the goals of spinal surgery in these patients are to improve QOL by enhancing sitting balance and posture, improving lung and gastrointestinal function, and reducing pain and deformity. In selected patients, improving ambulation and hand function may also be realistic surgical goals. QOL measures specific to both the neuromuscular diagnosis and spinal deformity provide higher quality information on treatment outcomes for a particular patient than standard radiographic measures. This article reviews patient-based outcome measures in spinal deformity patients with neuromuscular disorders, including their development and use in comparative outcome studies in the recent literature.
Richard E Bowen; Mark F Abel; Vincent Arlet; Desmond Brown; Douglas C Burton; Phyllis D'Ambra; Laura Gill; Dale V Hoekstra; Lawrence I Karlin; James Raso; James O Sanders; Frank J Schwab
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric orthopedics     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1539-2570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Orthop     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109053     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Orthop     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  792-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
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