Evaluation of the construct validity of the DASH questionnaire by correlation to the SF-36

J Hand Surg Am. 2002 May;27(3):537-41. doi: 10.1053/jhsu.2002.32964.


The construct validity of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) questionnaire was evaluated by examining its correlation to the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36). The study sample was 90 patients seen at the upper-extremity clinic of a university-based orthopedic practice. Patients were asked to complete a packet that included the DASH and SF-36 questionnaires. Pearson correlation coefficients of the DASH questionnaire to the SF-36 subscales ranged from -0.36 to -0.62. The DASH questionnaire had fewer ceiling and floor scores than most of the SF-36 subscales. These results support the DASH questionnaire as a valid measure of health status useful in patients with a wide variety of upper-extremity complaints.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Arm Injuries / diagnosis
  • Arm Injuries / therapy*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Patient Participation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires