Title: Reliability and Validity of Five Shoulder-Specific Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Use in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer1

Principal Investigators: Melissa M. Eden, PT, DPT, OCS, Mayo Clinic

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Description: For this questionnaire-based study, researchers are using Rasch analysis to evaluate whether 5 shoulder-related patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are reliable, valid, and appropriate for determining shoulder dysfunction among patients with head and neck cancer post-surgery.

The study’s goal is to determine which PRO measure(s) best provide(s) a defining criterion for shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection surgery.

Most patients aged 18 to 90 years reporting shoulder “discomfort, stiffness, or weakness” post–dissection surgery are eligible.

The primary outcome measures are Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand; QuickDASH; Shoulder and Disability Index; University of Washington Quality of Life Scale; Neck Dissection Impairment Index.

For more study information, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, study locations, and contact information, visit https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02554968.

Status: This study is open and recruiting patients as of June 15, 2017.

This study is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.


  1. Clinicaltrials.gov. Reliability and validity of patient reported outcome measures in head and neck cancer. NCT02554968. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02554968. Accessed June 15, 2017.