About the score:
Originally published in 1996 in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) was a collaborative initiative between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies, and the Institute for Work and Health. This outcome measure was designed to be a standardized assessment of the impact on function of a variety of musculoskeletal disease and injuries in the upper extremity.
The QuickDASH, published in 2005 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, is a subset of 11 items from the 30-item DASH and is a self-reported questionnaire in which the response options are presented as 5-point Likert scales. At least 10 of the 11 items must be completed for a score to be calculated and the scores range from 0 (no disability) to 100 (most severe disability). This score was designed be useful in patients with any musculoskeletal disorder of the upper limb.
The Institute for Work & Health are the copyright owners of the QuickDASH Outcome Measure.
Hudak, Pamela L., et al. “Development of an upper extremity outcome measure: the DASH (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand).” American journal of industrial medicine29.6 (1996): 602-608.
Beaton, Dorcas E., et al. “Development of the QuickDASH: comparison of three item-reduction approaches.” JBJS 87.5 (2005): 1038-1046.
Gummesson, Christina, Isam Atroshi, and Michael M. Ward. “The shortened disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand questionnaire (Quick DASH): validity and reliability based on responses within the full-length DASH.” BMC musculoskeletal disorders 7.1 (2006): 44.
Franchignoni, Franco, et al. “Minimal clinically important difference of the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand outcome measure (DASH) and its shortened version (QuickDASH).” journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy 44.1 (2014): 30-39.
About the score developer:
Dr. Jeffrey Katz is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and is the Co-Director of the Brigham Spine Center. He specializes in Rheumatology.
To view his publications, please visit PubMed.