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Application of WHO recommendations in outcome assessment of clinical series published in hand surgery journals with five years interval


Alarab, H.; Dubert, T.


k. A.


Chirurgie de la Main, 2015, 34. Jahrgang (Heft 1), Seite 27-31, Paris: Elsevier, ISSN: 1297-3203




Outcome measurement is becoming increasingly important in hand surgery. The International classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF), is a WHO multi-dimensional approach to health condition including three domains: body 'functions and structures', activities and participation.

The aim of this study was to measure how often these three ICF domains were included in outcome measurements of the clinical series published in the American, European and French hand surgery journals. Our study included clinical series published in 2007 and 2012 in the American Journal Of Hand Surgery, European Journal Of Hand Surgery and Chirurgie de la Main. Analysis of each of these publications was done in two steps.

First, we checked the presence or absence of the three domains of ICF in outcome measurement without considering the way it was measured. Then, we reported the use of evaluation instruments and/or quantitative measurement for each domain. We included 54 series in 2007 and 119 in 2012. The number of series reporting on the three domains and using at least one quantitative measurement for each domain represents 6% of articles in 2007 and 10% in 2012.

This study shows that the quality of outcome measurement has improved over these 5 years, but remains poor according to the ICF recommendation.

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