Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument is a Useful Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Physical Function in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Genet Med. 2020 Mar;22(3):581-589. doi: 10.1038/s41436-019-0688-6. Epub 2019 Nov 27.


Purpose: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly recognized as valuable endpoints in clinical trials. The Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) is a PROM utilized in children with musculoskeletal disorders. We evaluated the validity and reliability of PODCI in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI).

Methods: Physical functioning and psychological well-being were assessed using PODCI in a large cohort of children enrolled in a multicenter study conducted by the Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium. Physical function scores were correlated with a validated, observer-rated scale, Brief Assessment of Motor Function (BAMF), and with psychological well-being scores. We calculated sample sizes required to detect clinically meaningful differences in physical function.

Results: Four hundred seventeen children with OI types I, III, and IV were enrolled. Physical function scores in OI type III were significantly lower than those in OI types I and IV. There were no significant differences in psychological well-being. PODCI physical function scores showed moderate-to-strong correlation with BAMF. The Global Functioning Scale, a composite of physical function, did not consistently correlate with psychological well-being.

Conclusion: PODCI can be a reliable measure of physical functioning in children with OI and offers valuable information about patient-reported health status and new ways to examine the utility of interventions in this population.

Keywords: Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument; clinical trial readiness; health-related quality of life; osteogenesis imperfecta; patient-reported outcome measure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / diagnosis
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / epidemiology*
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta / physiopathology
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Quality of Life
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Supplementary concepts

  • Osteogenesis imperfecta, type 3