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QuickDASH Scale Useful for Assessing Neck-Pain Sufferers

Last Updated: December 06, 2010.

The Quick Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand tool appears to be useful for evaluating upper extremity disability in patients with neck pain, according to research published in the Nov. 15 issue of Spine.

MONDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The Quick Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) tool appears to be useful for evaluating upper extremity disability in patients with neck pain, according to research published in the Nov. 15 issue of Spine.

Saurabh Mehta, P.T., of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and colleagues used various assessment tools to evaluate 66 patients suffering from neck pain. The study compared the reliability of DASH and the more concise QuickDASH to the commonly used Neck Disability Index (NDI), the Cervical Spine Outcome Questionnaire (CSOQ), and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) in assessing disability associated with neck pain.

The researchers found that DASH and QuickDASH items were as problematic to patients as were NDI items. DASH and QuickDASH showed high levels of correlation with NDI and moderate correlation with VAS-pain and CSOQ. The mean QuickDASH scores were 2.77 points higher than the mean DASH scores.

"Though the QuickDASH reported higher disability compared to the full DASH in this patient group, high correlation between the QuickDASH and the NDI and agreement between both versions of the DASH provide preliminary evidence that the QuickDASH can be used to measure upper extremity disability in patients with neck pain," the authors write.

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