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The Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) is a 12-item patient-reported PRO specifically designed and developed for assessing outcomes of shoulder surgery e.g. for assessing the impact on patients’ quality of life of degenerative conditions such as arthritis and rotator cuff problems.

The development of the OSS was driven by demands for a suitable PRO by orthopaedic surgeons who wished to measure the outcomes of their treatments from the patient’s perspective.
The OSS was designed and developed by researchers (within the Health Services Research unit, part of the Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford) who also created the Oxford Hip and Knee scores, which are used for assessment of all NHS hip and knee surgeries (approximately 120,000) since April 2009. Designed and developed in association with surgical colleagues at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre the OSS has been tested in a surgical context with patients and shown to be reliable, valid and responsive.


Scoring System


Details of the scoring system for the OSS can be downloaded here.


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