Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RDQ) is a health status measure to assess physical disability due to lower back pain (www.rmdq.org). This instrument was designed in the UK as an outcome measure for clinical trial research but has also been used to monitor patients in clinical practice (Roland and Morris 1983). It consists of 24 statements that relate to physical function that could be affected by lower back pain. Individuals completing the RDQ simply place a check mark beside each statement that is true; thus, the score of the RDQ ranges from zero (no disability) to 24 (maximum disability). It can be administered on paper, on computer, and by telephone. The RDQ is available in 48 different languages. It is in the public domain but the authors request that they be contacted if it is translated into another language.
The original RDQ can be modified to change the question stem from “because of my back” to “because of my back or leg problem,” which expands...
References and Readings
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