Table 2

Outcome measure domains regarded as important by clinicians to monitor progress

Key themeDescription of health domain from ICON 201919Exemplar quote
Psychological factors‘Psychology (eg, pain self-efficacy, pain catastrophisation, kinesiophobia, anxiety or depression scales).’19‘Psychological factors, again, understanding that, we’re not just treating a tendon, we’re treating the whole patient. And if there are psychological factors that impact our ability to treat that patient and that tendon, then we need to address those. Otherwise, we're not necessarily going to get there.’ (Participant 13)
‘I guess when I’m thinking about if someone’s not progressing or if they’re not progressing, maybe the way that there might be, social or psychological factors.’ (Participant 2)
Physical function capacity‘Quantitative measures of physical tasks performed in clinic (eg, number of hops, timed stair walk, number of single limb squats, including dynamometry (strength) and wearable technology).’19‘Physical function capacity too, because it’s easy to measure. And because I think it’s really correlated. If we can get some improved kind of strength through the complex, we tend to be able to see that people can tolerate loading a bit more.’ (Participant 7)
Pain over a specified time frame‘Participant reported pain intensity over a period of time (morning, night, 24 hours, a week; eg, VAS, NRS).’19‘Probably the pain response to load and whether they’re having any associated calf tightness… what does that person look like? Post-game and, do they have a pain 24 hours later, 48 hours later, 72 hours later?’ (Participant 5)
  • NRS, Numerical Rating Scale; VAS, Visual Analogue Scale.