The Harris hip score: comparison of patient self-report with surgeon assessment

J Arthroplasty. 2001 Aug;16(5):575-80. doi: 10.1054/arth.2001.23716.


Outcome evaluations are of primary concern in contemporary medical practice. Questionnaires are being used increasingly to provide input data for such outcomes evaluation. This study comprised 50 primary total hip arthroplasties in 36 patients who had undergone the procedure at least 12 months before enrollment. Each patient completed a self-report Harris Hip Score (HHS) 30 days before a formal evaluation by an independent orthopaedic surgeon that included a HHS. Comparison was made between the completed responses to the individual items on the self-report HHS and surgeon-assessed HHS. Concordance of item response and kappa statistic were calculated. Overall the self-report and surgeon-assessed HHS showed excellent concordance. The results of this study support the use of the HHS as a self-report instrument.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Disclosure
  • Treatment Outcome