Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 129, Issue 1, pp 119–123 | Cite as

The Oxford shoulder score revisited

  • Jill DawsonEmail author
  • Katherine Rogers
  • Ray Fitzpatrick
  • Andrew Carr
Orthopaedic Outcome Assessment


The validated, patient-reported Oxford shoulder score (OSS) was introduced around 10 years ago, primarily for the assessment of outcomes of shoulder surgery (excluding shoulder stabilisation) in randomised trials. Its uptake has steadily increased in a number of countries and its use has also been extended. Recently a number of issues have been raised in relation to other related patient-reported outcome measures which were devised around the same time as the OSS. This included recommendations to change the scoring system. This paper reviews issues concerning patient-reported outcome measures that apply to the OSS and makes some recommendations (including changes to the scoring system) as to how it should be used.


Shoulder Outcome score Shoulder surgery Oxford shoulder score Patient-reported outcomes 



Regarding the secondary data analysis conducted to inform the table in this paper. The original study that generated these data was conducted in the early 1990s and we wish to acknowledge receipt of funding for that study by grant from Oxford Regional Health Authority (Audit). These data were retained in an anonymised form. The study complied with the laws of the UK, which at that time, did not require informed consent from patients for a purely observational study, as completion of a questionnaire was accepted as implicit consent.

Conflict of interest statement

None of the authors have any conflict of interest in relation to this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jill Dawson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katherine Rogers
    • 1
  • Ray Fitzpatrick
    • 1
  • Andrew Carr
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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