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2010 Fall Grads
Caroline Jones

Purpose: To evaluate the respective clinical utility of the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) and the Multi-Dimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) in an osteoarthritis clinic.

Method: A retrospective chart review identified 73 patients who had completed the WOMAC and MDHAQ to assess the correlation between the scores.

Findings: There was a positive correlation between the WOMAC and the MDHAQ indicators related to pain, the MDHAQ, function, the MDHAQ, global health, and the MDHAQ fatigue. The MDHAQ stiffness score did not correlate to the WOMAC score.

Conclusion: The use of functional questionnaires in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis provides an objective measure of how a patient perceives their disability. The WOMAC provides a single score while the MDHAQ provides information in separate categories. The results of this pilot study support the continued use of the WOMAC and MDHAQ questionnaires in one urban osteoarthritis clinic.

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