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Title: Assessment of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) Questionnaire for use in Patients following Neck Dissection for Head and Neck Cancer
Authors: Goldstein, David
Advisor: Davis, Aileen M.
Irish, Jonathan
Ringash, G. Jolie
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: neck dissection
shoulder disability
Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) Questionnaire
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2010
Abstract: In this cross-sectional study, the sensibility, reliability, and validity of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire were assessed in patients who underwent neck dissection for head and neck cancer. A sensibility questionnaire was used to assess face and content validity. Test-retest reliability was tested by re-mailing the questionnaire; validity, by evaluating differences in scores between patients undergoing different types of neck dissections and by correlating DASH scores with Neck Dissection Impairment Index (NDII) scores. The DASH was considered sensible by both patients and surgeons. The DASH was reliable with an intraclass coefficient of 0.91. The DASH showed differences between patients who underwent accessory nerve-sacrifice and nerve-sparing neck dissection. DASH scores strongly correlated with NDII scores. Thus, the DASH is a sensible, reliable, and valid instrument for assessing shoulder impairments and activity limitations following neck dissection.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25599
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