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Sino-nasal assessment questionnaire: a specific outcome measure for rhinosinusitis, but what is the range in the asymptomatic population?
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PMID:  17140459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The sino-nasal assessment questionnaire is a system used for scoring the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis. However, the range of scores for this questionnaire in the healthy adult population is unknown. We aimed to establish this by recruiting 100 healthy volunteers and comparing their sino-nasal assessment questionnaire scores with those of 100 individuals who had undergone sinus surgery for rhinosinusitis. The difference in mean scores in the symptomatic group (44.62) and the asymptomatic group (8.46) was statistically significant. However, there was substantial overlap between the scores of the two groups. Factors such as age, gender and smoking did not have a statistically significant impact on the eventual score in the asymptomatic group. We believe that symptom scores can only be used effectively when the range in the asymptomatic population is known. This is so that disease severity can be gauged in the context of the normal population and post-operative improvements can be forecast.
F Younis; S Duvvi; T Walker; B Nirmal Kumar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-12-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-28     Completed Date:  2007-10-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  650-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / methods*
Reference Values
Rhinitis / classification,  diagnosis*
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Sinusitis / classification,  diagnosis*

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