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ORIGINAL RESEARCH

Designing a Novel Patient-reported Outcome Measure for Evaluating Foot and Ankle Disorders in the Indian Population: The IFAS Score Protocol

Siddhartha Sharma, Sandeep Patel, Inderjit Singh, Ankit Dadra, Shiv M Ajoy, Rajesh Simon, Rajiv Shah, Mandeep S Dhillon

Keywords : Functional outcomes, Indian Foot and Ankle Society score, Patient-reported outcome measures

Citation Information :

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10040-1317

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 03-10-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Abstract

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) play a crucial role in assessing functional outcomes and evaluating the impact of diseases on individuals’ well-being. They are widely utilized by foot and ankle surgeons and researchers globally, serving as valuable tools for monitoring treatment response and assessing intervention effectiveness in reducing morbidity. While several PROMs for the evaluation of foot and ankle disorders have been developed and validated in the literature, their applicability to diverse populations and geographical regions remains a concern. Translation into native languages may introduce misinterpretation and irrelevance to certain populations. To address these limitations and cater to the specific needs of Indian and Southeast Asian populations, the Indian Foot and Ankle Society (IFAS) has initiated the development of a tailored PROM, the IFAS score. This protocol outlines the methodology for developing the IFAS score, aiming to provide a culturally sensitive and region-specific PROM that overcomes the challenges faced by existing measures.


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