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Examining outcome of early physician specialist assessment in injured workers with shoulder complaints

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Title
Examining outcome of early physician specialist assessment in injured workers with shoulder complaints
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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12891-015-0488-3
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Helen Razmjou, Dragana Boljanovic, Sandra Lincoln, Chris Geddes, Iona Macritchie, Caterina Virdo-Cristello, Robin R Richards

Abstract

There is minimal research on demographics, type of injury and diagnosis of injured workers with shoulder problems. The purposes of this study were: 1) to document the demographics of patients with shoulder complaints referred to an Early Shoulder Physician Assessment (ESPA) Program and to describe the recommended management, and 2) to examine the relationship between patient characteristics and their subjective complaints of pain and functional difficulty. This study involved a retrospective review of electronic files of injured workers mostly seen within the first 16 weeks of injury or recurrence. Measures of functional difficulty and pain were the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) and Numeric Pain Scale (NPS). Files of 550 consecutive patients, 260 females (47%), 290 men (53%) were examined. The average age was 49 (SD = 11, range 22-77), with 28 (5%) patients being 65 years of age or older. Patients who were not working were the most disabled group based on Quick DASH (F = 49.93, p < 0.0001) and NPS (F = 10.24, p = 0.002). Patients who were working full time performing regular duties were the least disabled according to both measures, the QuickDASH (F = 10.24, p = 0.002) and NPS (F = 7.57, p = 0.006). Patients waiting more than 16 weeks were slightly older (53 years of age vs. 49, p = 0.045) than those who met the criteria for early assessment with similar levels of pain and functional difficulty. Biceps pathology had the highest prevalence (37%). Full thickness tear had a prevalence of 14%. Instability, labral lesions and osteoarthritis of glenohumeral joint were uncommon conditions (3, 2 and 1% respectively). Fifty-five patients (10%) were surgical candidates and had higher scores on QuickDASH (F = 7.16, p = 0.008) and NPS (F = 4.24, p = 0.04) compared to those who did not require surgery. This study provides information on characteristics and prevalence of important variables in injured workers with shoulder problems and highlights the impact of these characteristics on pain and disability.

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Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Spain 1 2%
Unknown 63 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 20%
Student > Bachelor 9 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 8%
Other 3 5%
Other 14 22%
Unknown 14 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 20 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 23%
Sports and Recreations 3 5%
Social Sciences 3 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 17 26%

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