Outcome measures for complex regional pain syndrome type I: an overview in the context of the international classification of impairments, disabilities and handicaps

F. C. Schasfoort, J. B. J. Bussmann, H
2000 Disability and Rehabilitation  
Purpose: To determine the availability of relevant and objective outcome measures concerning Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I (CRPS I) for Rehabilitation Medicine. Method: Outcome measures were classified according to the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps. For each outcome measure a description of concept, operationalisation into variables and instrument was given. We performed a PUBMED MEDLINE search
more » ... 8)(1989)(1990)(1991)(1992)(1993)(1994)(1995)(1996)(1997)(1998) using the following keywords: complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, impairment, disability, handicap, (long-term) outcome and effect/efficacy. Results: Most outcome measures were concentrated on impairments, whereas measures at the level of disabilities and handicaps, the most relevant levels for Rehabilitation Medicine, were mentioned in very few studies. Objective outcome measures were merely found at the level of impairment. Conclusion: The results indicate a need for the development of relevant outcome measures at the level of disabilities and handicaps that can objectively measure treatment efficacy for CRPS
doi:10.1080/096382800406004 pmid:10894202 fatcat:z72blcftuva6na2uca2rfgi7ze