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We developed the Oxford ankle foot questionnaire to assess the disability associated with foot and ankle problems in children aged from five to 16 years. A survey of 158 children and their parents was carried out to determine the content, scaling, reliability and validity of the instrument. Scores from the questionnaire can be calculated to measure the effect of foot or ankle problems on three domains of children's lives: physical, school and play, and emotional. Scores for each domain were shown to be internally consistent, stable, and to vary little whether reported by child or parent. Satisfactory face, content and construct validity were demonstrated. The questionnaire is appropriate for children with a range of conditions and can provide clinically useful information to supplement other assessment methods. We are currently carrying out further work to assess the responsiveness of questionnaire scores to change over time and with treatment.

Original publication

DOI

10.1302/0301-620x.90b11.21000

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date

11/2008

Volume

90

Pages

1451 - 1456

Addresses

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK. christopher.morris@dphpc.ox.ac.uk

Keywords

Foot, Ankle, Humans, Foot Deformities, Foot Injuries, Pain Measurement, Severity of Illness Index, Health Status, Quality of Life, Adolescent, Child, Child, Preschool, Surveys and Questionnaires