Jeremy C. T. Fairbank

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STUDY DESIGN The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) has become one of the principal condition-specific outcome measures used in the management of spinal disorders. This review is based on publications using the ODI identified from the authors' personal databases, the Science Citation Index, and hand searches of Spine and current textbooks of spinal disorders.(More)
Condition-specific health status measures are commonly used as outcome measures in clinical trials and to assess patient progress in routine clinical practice. The expert panel that met to discuss this special issue of Spine recommended that, when possible, a condition-specific measure for back pain should be chosen from two widely used measures, the(More)
Patient-orientated assessment methods are of paramount importance in the evaluation of treatment outcome. The Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) is one of the condition-specific questionnaires recommended for use with back pain patients. To date, no German version has been published in the peer-reviewed literature. A cross-cultural adaptation of the ODI for(More)
We have recently reported on a technique of gamma probe localization of radiolabelled lymph nodes to identify the sentinel node in malignant melanoma. In order to determine whether this technique is applicable to assist in staging breast cancer, a pilot study was begun to address two questions: (i) can the sentinel lymph node draining a breast cancer be(More)
STUDY DESIGN A review of the literature on disc nutrition. OBJECTIVES To summarize the information on disc nutrition in relation to disc degeneration. SUMMARY OF THE BACKGROUND DATA The disc is avascular, and the disc cells depend on diffusion from blood vessels at the disc's margins to supply the nutrients essential for cellular activity and viability(More)
When functional scales are to be used as treatment outcome measures, it is essential to know how responsive they are to clinical change. This information is essential not only for clinical decision-making, but also for the determination of sample size in clinical trials. The present study examined the responsiveness of a German version of the Oswestry(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether, from a health provider and patient perspective, surgical stabilisation of the spine is cost effective when compared with an intensive programme of rehabilitation in patients with chronic low back pain. DESIGN Economic evaluation alongside a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. SETTING Secondary care. PARTICIPANTS 349(More)