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Chirurgia 2005 December;18(6):435-8

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Hand disability evaluation. A comparison of different systems and scores

Signorino P., D'Amico E., Risitano G., Galeano M., Amadeo G., Lepore V., Stagno D'Alcontres F., Pellicano P., Colonna M. R.


Measurement of outcomes in hand surgery has been included in the domain of clinical epidemiologists. Since 1993, after the first attempt to provide tools that could be used for outcomes measurements in hand surgery, searching for objective assessment tools and Quality Of Life (QOL) questionnaires have been introduced in hand surgery, and a number of scores and questionnaires have been proposed. The authors (plastic surgeons performing hand surgery) review the literature attempting to individuate the best up-to-date to be recommended, on the base of the analysis of the most recent scores proposed (the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand ­ DASH - questionnaire).

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