The authors of this handbook identify in the preface their primary intent
to "identify the most commonly used musculoskeletal outcomes instruments
reported in the literature." They have successfully achieved this goal.
In the introduction, they further state that their purpose is to
"facilitate the use of outcomes instruments in daily clinical
practice." This handbook, which serves as an easily usable resource
within the office setting, does help to fulfill this purpose. The authors also
state that they would like to "ease critical assessment of academic
journal articles." This particular function is more related to issues
surrounding clinical research design. This handbook will not facilitate this
function. The authors also state that they would like to "foster the
development of new and improved outcomes instruments via standardized
criteria." This book is a good tool, but it is not comprehensive enough
to serve as a definitive resource for those individuals who wish to develop
and validate new outcomes instruments.