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Introduction/Purpose: Healthcare is at a unique time in history where patient reported outcomes have become important in assessing value and subsequent reimbursement with pay-4-performance initiatives. It is unclear whether physical function, pain and depressive symptoms can assist providers determine if additional physical therapy may improve care for foot and ankle patients considering post-op and/or non-operative care. The purpose of this research was to examine symptom severity (PROMIS PF, PI, and Dep) after surgery or with non-operative care at the start of formal physical therapy to determine if this symptom severity presentation and/or change in symptoms over time are predictors of improvement in physical function as assessed by PROMIS PF.


Originally published in Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics, 4(4) DOI: 10.1177/2473011419S00033 ©The Author(s) 2019