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Validation of a Norwegian version of the Burn Specific Health Scale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12927981     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The abbreviated Burn Specific Health Scale (BSHS-A) is an 80-item questionnaire that has proven useful in measuring physical, mental, social and general health in burn survivors. The aim of this study was to adapt the BSHS-A into Norwegian, including assessing reliability and validity.
METHODS: Standard procedures for forward and backward translation including discussions with professionals and patients to ensure conceptual equivalence were used. A pilot study (11 burn patients) confirmed that the Norwegian version (BSHS-N) was clear, understandable and easy to self-administer. Subsequently, 95 adults admitted to the Burn Center, Haukeland University Hospital, between 1995 and 2000 entered a validation study by completing the BSHS-N and the general health measure SF-36. Sixty-nine of the 95 (72%) responders completed a retest.
RESULTS: The overall internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.97) and the test-retest reliability (ICC=0.95) for the BSHS-N were satisfactory. Tests for criterion validity showed expected patterns for association between comparable domains in the BSHS-N and the SF-36, with correlations ranging from r=0.61 to 0.81. Tests for construct validity showed that patients with full thickness injury (P=0.003), patients hospitalised more than 10 days (P=0.003), patients undergoing more than two operations (P=0.001) and patients unemployed at the time of study (P<0.001), had significantly lower total scores than the rest of the patients.
CONCLUSION: BSHS-N seems to be a reliable and valid instrument for use in the Norwegian population. The translation and cross-cultural adaptation of this instrument allows for comparative international studies.
A Litleré Moi; T Wentzel-Larsen; L Salemark; B Hanestad
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0305-4179     ISO Abbreviation:  Burns     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-20     Completed Date:  2003-12-10     Revised Date:  2013-04-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic Surgery and Burn Center, Haukeland University Hospital, N-5021, Bergen, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / complications*,  surgery
Facial Injuries / complications,  surgery
Hand Injuries / complications,  surgery
Health Status
Mental Health
Middle Aged
Quality of Life*
Reproducibility of Results
Time Factors
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Burns. 2003 Dec;29(8):872-3

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