Patient Specific Functional Scale

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Patient Specific Functional Scale is a self-reported outcome measure of function. It is a good scale for fascia-based disorders because it allows for patient-centered measures levels of independence and functions [1]. The aim of PSFS is to provide patients with a patient-centered outcome scale that is valid [2], reliable, responsive and efficient [3,4].

PSFS can be used by patients to self-monitor and communicate with their medical team regarding progress made with therapy interventions [5]. It is easy and fast to administer, doesn't require training, and has high test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.97 for chronic pain [6].

  1. Shapiro LM, Eppler SL, Roe AK, Morris A, Kamal RN. The Patient Perspective on Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Following Elective Hand Surgery: A Convergent Mixed-Methods Analysis. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Nov 9:S0363-5023(20)30538-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.09.008. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33183858.

  2. Nazari G, Bobos P, Lu Z, Reischl S, MacDermid JC. Psychometric properties of Patient-Specific Functional Scale in patients with upper extremity disorders. A systematic review. Disabil Rehabil. 2020 Dec 8:1-10. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1851784. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33290102.

  3. Cleland JA, Whitman JM, Houser JL, Wainner RS, Childs JD. Psychometric properties of selected tests in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Spine J. 2012 Oct;12(10):921-31. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2012.05.004. Epub 2012 Jun 28. PMID: 22749295.

  4. Hefford C, Abbott JH, Arnold R, Baxter GD. The patient-specific functional scale: validity, reliability, and responsiveness in patients with upper extremity musculoskeletal problems. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2012 Feb;42(2):56-65. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2012.3953. Epub 2012 Feb 1. PMID: 22333510.                     

  5. Nicholas P, Hefford C, Tumilty S. The use of the Patient-Specific Functional Scale to measure rehabilitative progress in a physiotherapy setting. J Man Manip Ther. 2012 Aug;20(3):147-52. doi: 10.1179/2042618612Y.0000000006. PMID: 23904754; PMCID: PMC3419572.

  6. Stratford P, Gill C, Westaway M, Binkley J. Assessing disability and change on individual patients: a report of a patient specific measure. Physiotherapy canada. 1995 Oct;47(4):258-63.

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