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Diagnostic classification of shoulder disorders: interobserver agreement and determinants of disagreement.

Authors
  • de Winter, A F
  • Jans, M P
  • Scholten, R J
  • Devillé, W
  • van Schaardenburg, D
  • Bouter, L M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the rheumatic diseases
Publication Date
May 01, 1999
Volume
58
Issue
5
Pages
272–277
Identifiers
PMID: 10225810
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Only moderate agreement was found on the classification of shoulder disorders, which implies that differentiation between the various categories of shoulder disorders is complicated. Especially patients with high pain severity, chronic complaints and bilateral involvement represent a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. As diagnostic classification is a guide for treatment decisions, unsatisfactory reproducibility might affect treatment outcome. To improve the reproducibility, more insight into the reproducibility of clinical findings and the value of additional diagnostic procedures is needed.

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