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Clinical Outcome Measures in Arthroscopic Meniscectomy: Clinician versus Patient Completed Knee Scores [Medidas de desfechos clínicos na meniscectomia artroscópica: Pontuações de joelho segundo médicos e pacientes]

Lookup NU author(s): Oday Al-Dadah



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© 2022. Sociedade Brasileira de Ortopedia e Traumatologia. All rights reserved.Objective The aim of the present study was to investigate the difference between clinician-completed and patient-completed outcome scores in detecting improvement following arthroscopic meniscectomy in patients with meniscal tears of the knee. Methods Thirty-four patients with meniscal tears were prospectively assessed using 9 clinical outcome measures. The five clinician-completed knee scores included the Tegner Activity Score, the Lysholm Knee Score, the Cincinnati Knee Score, the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) Examination Knee Score, and the Tapper and Hoover Meniscal Grading Score. The four patient-completed knee scores included the IKDC Subjective Knee Score, the Knee Outcome Survey Activities of Daily Living Scale (KOS-ADLS), the Short Form-12 Item Health Survey (SF-12), and the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS). Twenty-nine of the 34 patients underwent an arthroscopic meniscectomy and were reassessed with all 9 outcome scores upon their follow-up review. Results A significant longitudinal improvement was observed in 4 of the 5 cliniciancompleted scores (Tegner [p < 0.001], Lysholm [p = 0.004], Cincinnati [p = 0.002] and Tapper and Hoover [p < 0.001], but not in the IKDC Examination [p = 0.332]. However, the IKDC Subjective score (p = 0.021) was the only patient-completed score to demonstrate significant improvement postoperatively. Conclusion Overall, clinician-completed scoring systems were found to be inconsistent with those of patient-completed instruments. The mode of administering outcome measures can have a significant influence on the outcome results both for research and for clinical practice. A combination of both a clinician-completed with a patient-completed instrument may be a more balanced approach to assessing and quantifying meniscus tears and the outcome following arthroscopic meniscectomy.

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Author(s): Al-Dadah O, Shepstone L, Donell ST

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia

Year: 2021

Volume: 57

Issue: 6

Pages: 1014-1021

Print publication date: 01/12/2022

Online publication date: 21/01/2022

Acceptance date: 13/08/2021

Date deposited: 12/01/2023

ISSN (print): 0102-3616

ISSN (electronic): 1982-4378

Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag


DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1740470


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Action Arthritis Charity Trust
Gwen Fish Charity Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Research Fund