Measuring the outcome of treatment for rotator cuff disorders has evolved over the last three decades. Objective surgeon-derived outcomes such as clinical examination findings and imaging of the rotator cuff have the limitation of marginalising the patients perception of their condition. Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) have evolved and become popular in an attempt to demonstrate meaningful outcome data. There are a large number in use today and as a result, the heterogeneity of scores used across the literature can make comparison difficult. Patient reported outcome scores can be general health related quality of life scores, joint-specific and disease specific. Qualitative outcomes are also being used now, and these help us to better understand the context of quantitative research scores. In this article, we provide an overview of the outcome measures used in rotator cuff disorders.
- Outcome scores
- Rotator cuff