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We have analysed the Constant-Murley (1987) assessment for 25 patients with shoulder pathology. We found the score easy to use, with low inter- and intraobserver errors, but sufficiently imprecise in repeated measurements to give concern in its use for clinical follow-up of patients. We have calculated 95% confidence limits for a single assessment to be within 16 to 20 points in most cases. In addition, we found that all our subjects with instability as their main problem scored within five points of the maximum; this suggests that the scoring method may need to be revised for use on these patients.


Journal article


The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date





229 - 232


Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, UK.


Shoulder Joint, Humans, Joint Diseases, Observer Variation, Treatment Outcome, Confidence Intervals, Sensitivity and Specificity