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ID 18214
  Title Latest research: funtional rating index outperforms Roland Morris
Journal JACA Online. 2005 May-Jun;42(4):Online access only p16-17
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Several patient report instruments are available to help practitioners measure back and neck function and demonstrate the effectiveness of care. These measurement tools are underutilized in daily practice, however, because they are burdensome and time consuming. On average, these instruments take 5 to 10 minutes for patients to complete and 1 to 5 minutes for office staff members to score. Compounding the clinical utility problem is the fact that many patients have symptoms in multiple regions, which means they must complete numerous and often lengthy forms.

The Functional Rating Index (FRI) is a relatively new instrument that dramatically reduces the administrative burden. FRI combines the content of the Oswestry Low-Back Disability Questionnaire and the Neck Disability Index in a streamlined format. The instrument?s 10 items measure both pain and function of the spinal musculoskeletal system: 8 items pertain to daily activities that might be affected by a spinal condition, and 2 pertain to pain. Because the instrument measures both pain and function, it provides a broad view of a patient?s disability.

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