The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Self-reports and clinician-measured physical function among patients with low back pain: a comparison

Lee, C. Ellen, Simmonds, Maureen J., Novy, Diane M. and Jones, Stanley (2001) Self-reports and clinician-measured physical function among patients with low back pain: a comparison Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82, (2), 227 - 231. (doi:10.1053/apmr.2001.18214).

Record type: Article


OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationships among self-reported activity limitation and clinician-measured functional performance tests.
DESIGN: Case series survey.
SETTING: A referral-based orthopedic spine clinic in Houston, TX.
PATIENTS: Eighty-three patients (48 women, 35 men) with low back pain (LBP).
INTERVENTIONS: The Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) and a physical performance test (PPT) battery.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported activity limitation (eg, walking, bending, getting out of chair, putting on sock, doing heavy jobs) was assessed by the RMDQ. Clinician-measured functional performance was assessed with the PPT, a battery comprised 6 tests: lumbar flexion range of motion, a 50-foot walk at fastest speed, a 5-minute walk, 5 repetitions of sit-to-stand, 10 repetitions of trunk flexion, and loaded reach task (patients reached forward while holding a weight weighing 5% of their body weight).
RESULTS: Pearson's product-moment correlations between total RMDQ score and each of the performance tests ranged from.29 to.41. Point biserial correlations between individual RMDQ items and their corresponding performance tests were slightly lower, ranging from.20 to.33.
CONCLUSION: There were moderate correlations between self-reported activity limitation and corresponding clinician-measured performance tests. The unique perspective each method provides appears to be useful for a comprehensive understanding of physical function in patients with LBP.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2001
Keywords: pain


Local EPrints ID: 17947
ISSN: 0003-9993
PURE UUID: 69ec0a5b-acec-402c-b295-af9c30d4200f

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Nov 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:37

Export record



Author: C. Ellen Lee
Author: Maureen J. Simmonds
Author: Diane M. Novy
Author: Stanley Jones

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.