The objective of this study was to compare the relative responsiveness of a condition-specific spinal stenosis measure and two generic health status measures for outcome assessment of surgery for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, and to examine whether responsiveness statistics and measures of the ability to distinguish clinically important improvement rank the instruments consistently.
Physical function and symptom severity scales of the spinal stenosis measure were compared to the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) and the Roland scale, which is derived from the SIP.
Responsiveness was calculated with the standardized response mean, the effect size, and Guyatt's responsiveness statistic.
The discriminative ability of the instruments to distinguish patients who improved from those who did not was assessed using satisfaction with surgery as an external criterion.
The sensitivity to detect clinically important changes was somewhat lower at the ends of the scales, especially for the SIP and the Roland scale.
Statistical approaches that assess the ability to distinguish clinically important changes and overall responsiveness statistics ranked the measures consistently.
On the basis of these findings, we suggest that a condition-specific spinal stenosis measure is preferable as the primary end point in evaluative studies of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.
Mots-clés Pascal : Sténose, Rachis lombaire, Maladie dégénérative, Chirurgie, Efficacité traitement, Pronostic, Evaluation, Méthode étude, Satisfaction, Etude comparative, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Stenosis, Lumbar spine, Degenerative disease, Surgery, Treatment efficiency, Prognosis, Evaluation, Investigation method, Satisfaction, Comparative study, Human
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Cote : 96-0025327
Code Inist : 002B17G. Création : 01/03/1996.