Simplifying outcome measurement: evaluation of instruments for measuring outcome after fusion surgery for chronic low back pain.

@article{Hgg2002SimplifyingOM,
  title={Simplifying outcome measurement: evaluation of instruments for measuring outcome after fusion surgery for chronic low back pain.},
  author={Olle H{\"a}gg and Peter Fritzell and Anders Od{\'e}n and Anders Nordwall},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2002},
  volume={27 11},
  pages={1213-22}
}
STUDY DESIGN A comparative evaluation of outcome instruments and global assessment was performed. OBJECTIVE To test patient global assessment as a substitute for the use of more comprehensive outcome instruments in treatment trials of chronic low back pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Treatment outcome can be measured with pain scales and functional instruments. In the absence of a gold standard, the patient him- or herself is the basic reference for outcome, for which the instruments give a… CONTINUE READING