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Patient self-assessment of health status and function in glenohumeral degenerative joint disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8548437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred three consecutive patients with primary glenohumeral degenerative joint disease completed standard questionnaires regarding their general health status (Short Form-36) and the function of their shoulder (Simple Shoulder Test). These patients' self-assessed health status indicated overall bodily pain, physical functioning, and physical role fulfillment scores that were significantly below those of population-based control groups. Self-assessed shoulder functions were likewise consistently below those of patients with normal shoulders. These deficits clearly indicated the problems that the patients desired to have resolved by treatment. The use of self-assessment questionnaires to routinely characterize patients with shoulder conditions is practical in the context of a busy practice. These data enable surgeons to understand the condition from the patient's perspective. This understanding should be central to the planning of treatment and to the evaluation of treatment effectiveness.
F A Matsen; D W Ziegler; S E DeBartolo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.]     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1058-2746     ISO Abbreviation:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Publication Date:    1995 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-02-22     Completed Date:  1996-02-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206499     Medline TA:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  345-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Health Status*
Health Status Indicators
Middle Aged
Osteoarthritis / epidemiology*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Quality of Life*
Self Assessment (Psychology)
Shoulder Joint / physiopathology*

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