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Summary

What it measures:

Generic, patient-reported measure designed to assess health-related quality of life

Target Population:

The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36) has been well studied in the following populations (Turner-Bowker et al, 2002):

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Low back pain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
  • Stroke
  • Trauma

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) (Nichol et al, 2011)

Recommendations from the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association's StrokEDGE Taskforce, MSEDGE Taskforce, SCI EDGE Taskforce, and the TBI EDGE Taskforce are listed below. These recommendations were developed by a panel of research and clinical experts using a modified Delphi process.

For detailed information about how recommendations were made, please visit: http://www.neuropt.org/go/healthcare-professionals/neurology-section-outcome-measures-recommendations

 

Abbreviations:

HR

Highly recommend

R

Recommend

LS / UR

Reasonable to use, but limited study in target group  / Unable to recommend

NR

Not recommended

 

Recommendations for use based on acuity level of the patient:

 

Acute

(CVA <2 mo post)

(SCI <1 mo post)

Subacute

(CVA 2-6 mo)

(SCI 3-6 mo)

Chronic

(>6 mo)

StrokEDGE

NR

R

R

SCI EDGE

NR

LS

R

 

Recommendations based on level of care in which the assessment is taken:

 

Acute Care

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Facility

Outpatient

Rehabilitation

Home Health

StrokEDGE

NR

R

R

R

R

MS EDGE

NR

NR

NR

R

R

TBI EDGE

NR

NR

NR

LS

LS

 

Recommendations based on SCI AIS Classification:

 

AIS A/B

AIS C/D

SCI EDGE

R

R

 

Recommendations for use based on ambulatory status after brain injury:

 

Completely Independent

Mildly Dependent

Moderately

Dependent

Severely Dependant

TBI EDGE

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Recommendations based on EDSS Classification:

 

EDSS 0.0 – 3.5

EDSS 4.0 – 5.5

EDSS 6.0 – 7.5

EDSS 8.0 – 9.5

MS EDGE

R

R

R

NR

 

Recommendations for entry-level physical therapy education and use in research:

 

Students should learn to administer this tool? (Y/N)

Students should be exposed to tool? (Y/N)

Is this tool appropriate for use in intervention research studies? (Y/N)

StrokEDGE

No

Yes

Yes

SCI EDGE

No

Yes

Yes

MS EDGE

No

Yes

Yes

TBI EDGE

No

Yes

Yes


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