To compare estimates of the occurrence of shoulder pain according to (a) different approaches to defining'shoulder'and (b) restricting the definition to only include those with associated disability.
Methods-A postal questionnaire survey was sent to a sample of 500 patients registered with a general practice in south Manchester.
After additional mailings to non-responders, 312 questionnaires were returned (66% adjusted response rate).
Four definitions of shoulder pain were used to estimate the occurrence of symptoms derived from answers to the questionnaire.
Two were based on questions asking directly about pain in the shoulder and the upper trunk and neck region respectively and two were based on markings on a pain drawing in the shoulder complex and the upper trunk respectively.
To determine the occurrence of disabling shoulder pain responders were subsequently approached for interview.
Of the responders, 232 (74%) were successfully interviewed.
Those indicating that they were suffering from'current'shoulder symptoms, pain on the day of interview, were asked to complete a short, 23 item, questionnaire enquiring about disability in daily living associated with such symptoms.
Result-In total 160 (51%) people reported shoulder pain according to at least one definition.
This one month period prevalence ranged from 31% to 48% across the four definitions with the lowest estimate being for the question asking directly about shoulder symptoms. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Douleur, Epaule, Définition, Localisation, Incidence, Questionnaire, Epidémiologie, Etude statistique, Homme, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Arthropathie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pain, Shoulder, Definition, Localization, Incidence, Questionnaire, Epidemiology, Statistical study, Human, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Arthropathy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0342223
Code Inist : 002B15E. Création : 12/09/1997.