Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ)
A license-free low back pain evaluation tool
The Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) is a validated 24-item instrument that assesses physical disability due to low back pain.
The items concentrate on a limited range of physical ability as well as activities of daily living. It has been applied in several studies assessing patient outcomes in patients with vertebral fractures and lumbar spinal stenosis.
In comparison with the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), another measure for assessing low back pain, the RMDQ has advantages for evaluating patients with mild to moderate disability, whereas the ODI may be preferred for assessing patients with severe conditions.
(Roland Martin and Jeremy Fairbank. “The Roland–Morris disability questionnaire and the Oswestry disability questionnaire.” Spine 25.24 (2000): 3115-3124)
Items - Dimension - Completion time
The higher the score, the worse the patient’s back-related functional status. Ostelo et al. showed that the minimal important change on the RMDQ score is 5 points. 7
There are no licensing fees or other costs.
The RMDQ has a weakness in detecting change in patients with severe disability.