- •Patients with cervical spine disease suffer from upper limb functional impairment.
- •No clinical benchmarks exist that define meaningful improvement in the upper limb function following cervical spine surgery.
- •Disabilities of arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) is a validated outcome measure indicating upper limb disability.
- •This study aimed to establish minimal clinical important difference (MCID) and substantial clinical benefit (SCB) of the DASH score following cervical spine surgery.
- •The MCID of the DASH was –8 points and the SCB was –18 points. These metrics can be used to evaluate minimal and substantial improvement in the upper limb function following cervical spine surgery.
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