Measurement properties of disease-specific questionnaires in patients with neck pain: a systematic review (wc2008-118)

Background

Starting date: 01/01/2009 Neck complaints are common. Neck complaints are the most common complaints of the upper extremity. The incidence is 11.6 per 1000 men and 19.3 per 1000 women per year. Neck complaints often lead to pain, limitations in functioning, and decreased quality of life. In the 1990s several standardised questionnaires have been developed to measure disability in patients with neck complaints (e.g. Neck Disability Index (NDI), Neck Pain and Disability Scale (NPDS)). More questionnaires have been developed since the start of “the Bone and Joint Decade (2000-2010)”, launched by the World Health Organisation to improve understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through clinical research.To apply these questionnaires purposefully in clinical research and practice it is important to know their measurement properties (e.g. reliability, validity, and responsiveness).