Correlations Between the SF-36, the Oswestry-Disability Index and Rolland-Morris Disability Questionnaire in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Decompression According to Types of Spine Origin Pain

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Study Design:Cross-sectional study.Objective:To determine the correlation between SF-36 (a measure for overall health status in patients) and Oswestry-Disability Index (ODI) or Rolland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) confined to spine according to the type of pain from the spine.Summary of Background Data:Data showed moderate correlation between ODI and SF-36 Physical Component Score (PCS), Physical Functioning (PF) (r=−0.46), Physical Role Functioning (RP) (r=−0.284), Bodily Pain (BP) (r=−0.327), and Mental Component Score (MCS), Emotional Role Functioning (r=−0.250), Social Role Functioning (r=0.254), Vitality (r=0.296).Materials and Methods:Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013, a total of 69 patients were enrolled in this study. They were diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis and underwent decompression surgery such as laminotomy in this hospital. The 3 standardized questionnaires (ODI, RMDQ, and SF-36) were given to these patients, at least 1 year after the surgery.Results:ODI and SF-36 had a statistically significant (P=0.001) and moderate correlation. Small correlations were also seen between Physical Functioning (r=−0.46), Physical Role Functioning (r=−0.284), and Bodily Pain (r=−0.327) of SF-36 PCS and ODI, and between Emotional Role Functioning (r=−0.250), Social Role Functioning (r=−0.254), and Vitality (r=−0.296) of SF-36 Mental Component Score and ODI. Items in ODI for the level of pain while standing and traveling were mostly related to axial back pain, while item of lifting was related to referred buttock pain. Sleeping disturbance section in the ODI was mainly caused by radiated leg pain. In addition, RMDQ was also associated to the 3 types of pain.Conclusions:Moderate correlation was found between ODI or RMDQ as a condition-specific outcome and the SF-36, indicating overall health status. ODI was found to be a more adequate measure to evaluate axial back pain rather than referred pain or radiating pain. RMDQ was adequate to measure the health status and to evaluate the 3 types of spine pain. These 3 instruments could therefore provide the clinician with complementary information about the patient’s status.

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