A standardized method for assessment of elbow function. Research Committee, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 1999 Jul-Aug;8(4):351-4. doi: 10.1016/s1058-2746(99)90159-3.


The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons have adopted a standardized form for assessment of the elbow. This form was developed by the Research Committee of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and subsequently adopted by the membership. The patient self-evaluation section contains visual analog scales for pain and a series of questions relating to function of the extremity. The responses to the questions are scored on a 4-point ordinal scale. The physician assessment section has 4 parts: motion, stability, strength, and physical findings. It is hoped that adoption of this method of data collection will stimulate multicenter studies and improve communication between professionals who assess and treat patients with elbow disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Joint / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis
  • Medical Records / standards*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Surveys and Questionnaires