Evaluating the way we assess permanent functional impairment of the spine 

This project, starting in September 2016, will involve a comprehensive, systematic review to identify methods currently available for assessing permanent functional impairment (PFI) of the spine, as described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.  

Our review will primarily seek to identify studies which use range-of-movement methods for assessing PFI. It will also include other methods used to assess PFI as a result of spinal injury in a working population, as well as impairment of the pelvis and cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.  

We will evaluate the methodological quality of these studies using the COnsensus‐based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments (COSMIN) criteria (Mokkink et al 2010). 

Staff leads

Staff lead: Professor Steve Milosavljevic, the University of Saskatchewan, Canada 

International collaborator: Dr Paul Hendrick, the University of Nottingham



Rehabilitation Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0843