The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) Outcome
Measure is a 30-item, self-report questionnaire designed to measure
physical function and symptoms in patients with any or several
musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb. The questionnaire was
designed to help describe the disability experienced by people with
upper-limb disorders and also to monitor changes in symptoms and
function over time. Testing has shown that the DASH performs well in
both these roles. It gives clinicians and researchers the advantage of
having a single, reliable instrument that can be used to assess any or
all joints in the upper extremity. The DASH Outcome Measure contains two
optional, four-item modules intended to measure symptoms and function
in athletes, performing artists and other workers whose jobs require a
high degree of physical performance. Because they may be having
difficulties only at high performance levels - which are beyond the scope
of the 30-item DASH Outcome Measure - clinicians may find the modules,
which are scored separately from the DASH, useful in assessing these
Scoring the DASH Outcome Measure
DASH Outcome Measure is scored in two components: the
disability/symptom section (30 items, scored 1-5) and the optional high
performance Sport/Music or Work section (4 items, scored 1-5).
Download DASH Scoring Instructions
Calculation of Scores - Free Service
information and calculation services for the DASH and QuickDASH Outcome
Measures are available from Orthopaedic Scores. Please ensure that you
read and agree to the conditions of use posted on their website before
using the scoring tools.
To access them, click on: DASH Outcome Measure Score or QuickDASH Outcome Measure Score
Institute for Work & Health thanks the developers of the scoring
tools and owners of the Orthopaedic Scores website for providing this
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