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ADLs and PRMDs

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 27 Number 1: Page 1 (March 2012)

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Abstract: The article by Lamontagne and Bélanger in this issue of the journal describes the development of a questionnaire concerning performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) in musicians. It is well designed and deserves careful reading by clinicians and researchers alike. The authors are very clear in stating that their focus was strictly on musculoskeletal problems that are the result of playing an instrument: ". . . musicians are at risk for experiencing pain in their daily lives. In fact, any daily task or social, recreational, and professional activities have the potential to trigger pain. However, in the study of risk factors for PRMDs, we are only interested in the measure of pain associated with a playing-related context." This is a perfectly reasonable approach to take in the development of a questionnaire that will be used for research purposes. It's often best to start out doing research with a relatively narrow definition of the problem, gain a solid understanding of that particular system, and then broaden the question.

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