Evaluation of outcome measures for use in clinical practice for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee: a systematic review. Howe, T. E., Dawson, L. J., Syme, G., Duncan, L., & Reid, J. Manual therapy, 17(2):100--118, April, 2012. CI: Copyright A(c) 2011; JID: 9610924; 2011/03/15 [received]; 2011/06/24 [revised]; 2011/07/04 [accepted]; 2011/08/26 [aheadofprint]; ppublish
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BACKGROUND: This systematic review reported on the clinimetric properties of outcome measures for use in clinical practice for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in Medline, EMBASE, Cinahl and AMED to identify studies examining the clinimetric properties of outcome measures for adults undergoing conservative treatment of ligament injuries, meniscal lesions, patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Outcomes measures taking less than 20 min to administer and requiring minimal equipment and space were included. Pairs of authors used a checklist to record the characteristics of the outcome measures, their reported clinimetric properties and the demographics of the study populations. The OMERACT filters of 'truth' and 'discrimination' were applied to the data for each outcome measure by an expert panel. RESULTS: Forty-seven studies were included evaluating 37 outcome measures. Ten outcome measures had adequate supporting evidence for 'truth' and 'discrimination': AAOS, AKPS, goniometer measurement, IKDC, KOOS, LEFS, Lysholm, Tegner, WOMAC and WOMET. However none of the outcome measures had been comprehensively tested across all clinimetric properties. CONCLUSION: Despite the widespread use of some outcome measures in clinical practice and primary research, data on the clinimetric properties were available for only 37 and of these only 10 had adequate supporting evidence for use in this population. However, before a core set of outcome measures can be recommended use in clinical practice, for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee, consensus should be obtained on 'feasibility' in terms of burden on the clinician and the participant.
@article{ howe_evaluation_2012,
  title = {Evaluation of outcome measures for use in clinical practice for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee: a systematic review},
  volume = {17},
  abstract = {BACKGROUND: This systematic review reported on the clinimetric properties of outcome measures for use in clinical practice for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in Medline, EMBASE, Cinahl and AMED to identify studies examining the clinimetric properties of outcome measures for adults undergoing conservative treatment of ligament injuries, meniscal lesions, patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Outcomes measures taking less than 20 min to administer and requiring minimal equipment and space were included. Pairs of authors used a checklist to record the characteristics of the outcome measures, their reported clinimetric properties and the demographics of the study populations. The OMERACT filters of 'truth' and 'discrimination' were applied to the data for each outcome measure by an expert panel. RESULTS: Forty-seven studies were included evaluating 37 outcome measures. Ten outcome measures had adequate supporting evidence for 'truth' and 'discrimination': AAOS, AKPS, goniometer measurement, IKDC, KOOS, LEFS, Lysholm, Tegner, WOMAC and WOMET. However none of the outcome measures had been comprehensively tested across all clinimetric properties. CONCLUSION: Despite the widespread use of some outcome measures in clinical practice and primary research, data on the clinimetric properties were available for only 37 and of these only 10 had adequate supporting evidence for use in this population. However, before a core set of outcome measures can be recommended use in clinical practice, for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the knee, consensus should be obtained on 'feasibility' in terms of burden on the clinician and the participant.},
  language = {eng},
  number = {2},
  journal = {Manual therapy},
  author = {Howe, T. E. and Dawson, L. J. and Syme, G. and Duncan, L. and Reid, J.},
  month = {April},
  year = {2012},
  note = {CI: Copyright A(c) 2011; JID: 9610924; 2011/03/15 [received]; 2011/06/24 [revised]; 2011/07/04 [accepted]; 2011/08/26 [aheadofprint]; ppublish},
  keywords = {Articular/pathology, Humans, Joint Diseases/rehabilitation, Knee Joint, Knee/rehabilitation, Ligaments, Menisci, Osteoarthritis, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome/rehabilitation, Tibial/pathology},
  pages = {100--118}
}

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