Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure Assessing Lower Limb Joint Function

Patel, T
(2017) Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure Assessing Lower Limb Joint Function. Master of Philosophy thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Introduction and Aims" Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are a way to measure health-related quality of life. It is important that robust PROMs are developed so that disease states can be fully standardized and compared between patients. Within osteoarthritis, 4 PROMs are used commonly. Several qualitative limitations were identified that limit the clinical suitability of the PROM. We aim to begin the process of developing a new PROM to assess lower limb joint function using osteoarthritis as the model. Methods: A mixed methods approach was used using semi-structured qualitative interviews (for patient participants) and the first round of a Delphi analysis (for expert participants) to generate factors that affect lower limb joint function. Only patient participants were used to generate activity or participation restrictions. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. These concepts were then converted into items to be used in the novel PROM. Results: We have created a bank of items that holistically assess lower limb joint function. Conclusion This study has generated novel and potentially important contributions to the field of orthopaedic surgery. This has formed the initial stage of developing a PROM. Future research should aim to continue the development and validation process to create a final version that is suitable for clinical practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Philosophy)
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:42
DOI: 10.17638/03017354