Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment Form in Individuals With Orthopedic Shoulder Dysfunction

      Shoulder dysfunction is a widely recognized problem that is associated with patients and economic burden.1 In 2000, shoulder dysfunction costs in the United States totaled $7 billion.1 Shoulder dysfunction has complex etiologies that can be diagnosed in most patients on the basis of medical history, focused physical examination, and radiographs.1 Rehabilitation is usually the first step in addressing shoulder dysfunction. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment Form (ASES) is a condition-specific scale that is intended to measure functional limitations and pain of the shoulder. This 11-item, public domain test can be administered in 5 minutes and is patient reported. The ASES has excellent reliability and validity in patients with shoulder dysfunction, including shoulder arthroplasty and shoulder pain.2. 3. 4. 5. Minimal detectable change scores are valuable in helping clinicians measure increased shoulder function as a result of treatment.
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