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The Bone & Joint Journal provides the latest evidence to guide the clinical practice of orthopaedic surgeons. The benefits of one intervention compared with another are presented using outcome measures; some may be specific to a limb or joint and some are more general health-related quality of life measures. Readers will be familiar with many of these outcome measures and will be able to judge the relative benefits of different interventions when measured using the same outcome tool; for example, different treatments for pain in the knee measured using a particular knee score. But, how should readers compare outcomes between different clinical areas using different outcome measures? This article explores the use of standardised effect sizes.

Original publication




Journal article


The bone & joint journal

Publication Date





853 - 854


Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.


Hip Joint, Shoulder Joint, Humans, Orthopedic Procedures, Orthopedics, Quality of Life, Outcome Assessment (Health Care)