Functional endoscopie sinus surgery: do ratings of appropriateness predict patient outcomes?

Michèle L. Jones, Jay F. Piccirillo, Andrea Haiduk, Stanley E. Thawley

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Sinus surgery appropriateness ratings were recently developed by Value Health Sciences in cooperation with AAO-HNS.The goal of this study was to assess the relationships among three ratings of sinus surgery appropriateness (Appropriate, Inappropriate, or Equivocal) and symptom response.The enrolled population included 49 patients who completed the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-20 (SNOT-20) presurgery and 6 months postsurgery.The SNOT-20 is a patient-based measure of sinusitis-related health status and quality of life. Overall, the mean percent difference (&%) between p re- and postsurgery SNOT scores was 38%, a statistically and clinically significant improvement. However, there was no relationship between the appropriateness rating for the surgery and the A% SNOT score (F = 1.83, p-value = 0.171); 20 patients with an Equivocal rating demonstrated the greatest A% (49%), 20 patients with an Appropriate rating showed the least A% (26%), and 9 patients with an Inappropriate rating had an intermediate A% (39%). Furthermore, those patients having an Appropriate rating at the time of surgery reported a greater persistence of bothersome symptoms at 6 months (p-value = 0.02) then patients in either the Equivocal or Inappropriate rating.These results suggest that appropriateness ratings may not predict which natients will obtain the. creates! svmntnm imnroveme.nt jrom sinus surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-255
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


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