Free online Simple Shoulder Test calculator

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About the score:

The Simple Shoulder Test (SST) was originally published in 1993 in the conference proceedings of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Symposium Series The shoulder; A balance of mobility and stability.

The SST measures shoulder function from a patient’s perspective. It is 12 questions long with all questions require simple ‘yes’/’no’ responses. The simplicity of the simple shoulder test is often cited as one of its strengths.

Original Literature:

Lippitt, S. B. “A practical tool for evaluating shoulder function. The Simple Shoulder Test.” The shoulder; A balance of mobility and stability (1993): 501-518.

Validation Literature:

Godfrey, Jenna, et al. “Reliability, validity, and responsiveness of the simple shoulder test: psychometric properties by age and injury type.” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 16.3 (2007): 260-267.

Additional Literature:

Beaton, Dorcas, and Robin R. Richards. “Assessing the reliability and responsiveness of 5 shoulder questionnaires.” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 7.6 (1998): 565-572.

About the score developer:

Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D. is Professor and University of Washington and Douglas T. Harryman II Endowed Chair in Shoulder and Elbow Research. Dr. Matsen’s clinical practice focuses on shoulder reconstruction, while his research focuses on the outcomes of shoulder reconstructive surgery.

To view his publications, please visit PubMed.