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Burns. 2015 Feb;41(1):188-95. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2014.05.006. Epub 2014 Jun 4.

Validation of the Hebrew version of the Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief questionnaire.

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1
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel; St George's, University of London/Medical School at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Electronic address: stavrou.d@unic.ac.cy.
2
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
3
Department of Plastic Surgery, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zrifin, Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
4
Wound Healing Research Unit, Institute for Translation, Innovation, Methodology and Engagement (TIME), Cardiff University, School of Medicine, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Burns Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) questionnaire is a suitable measurement tool for the assessment of general, physical, mental, and social health aspects of the burn survivor.

AIM:

To translate, culturally adapt and validate the BSHS-B to Hebrew (BSHS-H), and to investigate its psychometric properties.

METHODS:

Eighty-six Hebrew speaking burn survivors filled out the BSHS-B and SF-36 questionnaires. Ten of them (11.63%) completed a retest. The psychometric properties of the scale were evaluated. Internal consistency, criterion validity, and construct validity were assessed using interclass correlation coefficient, Cronbach's alpha statistic, Spearman rank test, and Mann-Whitney U test respectively.

RESULTS:

BSHS-H Cronbach's alpha coefficient was 0.97. Test-retest interclass coefficients were between 0.81 and 0.98. BSHS-H was able to discriminate between facial burns, hand burns and burns >10% body surface area (p<0.05). BSHS-H and SF-36 were positively correlated (r(2)=0.667, p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

BSHS-H is a reliable and valid instrument for use in the Israeli burn survivor population. The translation and cross-cultural adaptation of this disease specific scale allows future comparative international studies.

KEYWORDS:

Burn Specific Health Scale; Burns; Measurement tool; Plastic surgery; Quality of life; Validation

PMID:
24907193
DOI:
10.1016/j.burns.2014.05.006
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