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Introduction/Purpose: The patient acceptable symptom state (PASS) is a validated question establishing if patients activity and symptoms are at a satisfactory low level for pain and function. Surprisingly, ~20% of foot and ankle patients at their initial visit present for care with an acceptable symptom state (i.e. PASS yes). These patients are important to identify to prevent over treatment and avoid excessive cost. It is also unclear what health domains (Pain Interference (PI), Physical Function (PF), or Depression (Dep)) influence a patients judgement of their PASS state (i.e. why they are seeking treatment). The purpose of this analysis is to document the prevalance of PASS state and determine the health domains that discriminate PASS patients and predict PASS state at the initiation of rehabilitation.


Originally published in Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics, 3(3) DOI: 10.1177/2473011418S00250 ©The Author(s) 2018