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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Lower Limb Outcomes Assessment InstrumentsReliability, Validity, and Sensitivity to Change
Norman A. Johanson, MD1; Matthew H. Liang, MD, MPH2; Lawren Daltroy, DPH3; Sally Rudicel, MD4; John Richmond, MD5
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, 245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 420, Philadelphia, PA 19102. E-mail address: naj24@drexel.edu
2 Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
3 Deceased
4 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tufts-New England Medical Center, 750 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
5 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital, 125 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120
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In support of their research or preparation of this manuscript, one or more of the authors received grants or outside funding from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health Grant AR 360308. None of the authors received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 May 01;86(5):902-909
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Abstract

Background: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has developed an array of outcomes assessment instruments designed for the efficient collection of outcomes data from patients of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions in all body regions. The Lower Limb Instruments were developed through a process of literature review, consensus-building, and field-testing.

Methods: The instruments were distributed to a total of 290 subjects in twenty orthopaedic practices throughout the United States and Canada. Of the 290 patients, seventy each had a diagnosis in the categories of foot and ankle, sports/knee, and hip and knee and forty each had a diagnosis in the categories of trauma and rehabilitation. Retests to be taken twenty-four hours after the first test were distributed to subsamples of patients for each instrument. Seventy-one one-year follow-up questionnaires (twenty-five Sports/Knee, twenty-five Foot and Ankle, sixteen Hip and Knee, and five Lower Limb Core instruments) were returned.

Results: The Lower Limb Core Scale and the Hip and Knee Core Scale, each consisting of seven items addressing pain, stiffness and swelling, and function, performed at an acceptable level. Additional Sports/Knee and Foot and Ankle Modules proved to have internal and retest reliability of 0.80 or better, comparable with the values for well-established measures such as the Short Form-36 (SF-36). All of the new scales were moderately to strongly correlated with other measures of pain and function, such as physician ratings, the SF-36, and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). Seventy-one patients provided follow-up information for the analysis of sensitivity to change. The Lower Limb Core was found to contribute independently to the prediction of the transition score based on the patient and physician assessments of change.

Conclusions: The AAOS Lower Limb Instruments for outcomes assessment are highly reliable and are correlated with other measures for similar constructs. They are also sensitive to change in patient status. The Lower Limb Core Scale may be used with attribution of pain either to the lower limb or to a specific joint or side without sacrificing reliability. Combined with the SF-36, the AAOS outcomes assessment instruments comprehensively and efficiently measure outcomes in orthopaedic patients with lower-limb conditions.

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