Improving the Quality of Evidence on Upper-Limb Prostheses Through the Standardization of Outcome Measurement

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Abstract

This commentary discusses the challenges in conducting systematic reviews of studies comparing upper-limb prostheses given the wide variety of outcome measures used in scientific research. The paper calls for the use of a standardized brief core set of validated outcome measures. A culture change is needed to facilitate widespread adoption of a standardized core set in all routine clinical encounters and research studies. The result will be critically needed data to enable comparison of outcomes of different prosthesis types and components, and ultimately, stronger scientific evidence to assist in clinical and policy decision making.

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