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Evaluation of a Hong Kong Chinese version of a self-administered questionnaire for assessing symptom severity and functional status of carpal tunnel syndrome: cross-cultural adaptation and reliability.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17914138     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the application of a translated version of an established self-administered questionnaire for carpal tunnel syndrome on Chinese patients in Hong Kong. DESIGN: Evaluation of an instrument tool. SETTING: Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong; Holistic Medical Centre, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, translators. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The adaptation was based on forward-backward translation from English to Chinese (Hong Kong) and vice versa. Meetings with translators, investigators, and patients were organised to generate an acceptable version of the questionnaire. A pilot study was carried out on 20 patients and subsequently minor adjustments were added. Fifty patients were recruited to validate the reliability and internal consistency of the questionnaire. RESULTS: The ordinality of response agreed with the original instrument. Test-retest reproducibility showed no significant difference between tests. The Pearson correlation coefficient ranged from 0.83 to 0.93. Internal consistency was good, at 0.85. CONCLUSION: Through the validation of the Hong Kong Chinese version of the questionnaire, we are able to produce an assessment tool for the local patients. Furthermore, we are able to create a platform for: (i) a cross-national and cross-cultural epidemiological comparison as well as a means of (ii) evaluating different types of treatments.
Margaret W M Fok; H B Leung; W M Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hong Kong medical journal = Xianggang yi xue za zhi / Hong Kong Academy of Medicine     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1024-2708     ISO Abbreviation:  Hong Kong Med J     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-04     Completed Date:  2008-01-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512509     Medline TA:  Hong Kong Med J     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  342-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / diagnosis*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Hong Kong
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Reproducibility of Results
Severity of Illness Index*
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Hong Kong Med J. 2007 Oct;13(5):340-1   [PMID:  17914137 ]

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