Welcome to our website where you will find up-to-date information about the DASH Outcome Measure, the QuickDASH and related DASH tools and products.

DASH stands for "Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand."

The DASH Outcome Measure is a 30-item, self-report questionnaire designed to measure physical function and symptoms in people with any of several musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb. The tool gives clinicians and researchers the advantage of having a single, reliable instrument that can be used to assess any or all joints in the upper extremity.

A shorter version called the QuickDASH is also available. Both tools are valid, reliable and responsive and can be used for clinical and/or research purposes. However, because the full DASH Outcome Measure provides greater precision, it may be the best choice for clinicians who wish to monitor arm pain and function in individual patients.

You can download both the DASH Outcome Measure (PDF-83K) and the QuickDASH (PDF-81K) here. Those working in languages other than English can also download a variety of approved translations.

NOTICE: Do Not Translate the DASH and/or QuickDASH Outcome Measures before you read the Institute for Work & Health's (IWH) Translation Guidelines and register your intent to translate form with IWH. Publication of unauthorized DASH and QuickDASH translations means that:
(i) you are in violation of the Institute's copyright of these outcome measures;
(ii) you can be subject to legal action; and
(iii) you do not have the Institute's authorization and therefore must remove the name DASH and/or QuickDASH from your translated documents.

For information about how to use the DASH tools and to learn how they were developed and tested, please consult the DASH Outcome Measure User's Manual which you can order here.

Latest news:

Join us for DASHBash – a series of events taking place throughout 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of the DASH Outcome Measure. Since its launch in 1996 as the first tool to assess the level of disability and functioning of the shoulder, arm and hand as a whole, the DASH is now available in 55 languages and dialects and has been cited in almost 2,000 journal articles. Find out more on how we’re celebrating this “little tool that grew.” For more details click here.

Bulgarian DASH now available. For details, click here.

DASH iPad App now available. For details, click here.

DASH coverThe third edition of the DASH and QuickDASH Outcome Measure User's Manual is now available. This new edition has been revised to include the QuickDASH and to incorporate the latest research available on the DASH. It has also been expanded to include new chapters on the cross-cultural use of the DASH/QuickDASH outcome measures and the DASH Optional Modules. The current edition is expected to make understanding and using the DASH/QuickDASH easier and more accessible. For an overview of the manual, click here.




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