Validation of Hebrew versions of the pelvic floor distress inventory, pelvic organ prolapse/urinary incontinence sexual function questionnaire, and the urgency, severity and impact questionnaire

Lior Lowenstein, Gil Levy, Keren Or Chen, Shimon Ginath, Alex Condrea, Anna Padoa

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Abstract

Objective
Validated objective tools in the native languages of investigated populations are important for evaluating effects of medical disorders and treatments. The aim of our study was to validate a Hebrew version of the validated questionnaires commonly used in the field of urogynecology.

Methods
This is a 2-step, prospective, multicenter study. Using a back-translation method, Hebrew-language versions of the following questionnaires were developed: Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory, Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Function Questionnaire, and the Urgency, Severity and Impact Questionnaire. The questionnaires were administered in both Hebrew and English to 56 bilingual patients with pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence. To test reliability, the participants were asked to refill the questionnaires in Hebrew 2 weeks later. Scores from the Hebrew and English versions were compared, using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Correlations between versions were assessed by the Spearman test. P < 0.05 or less was considered significant.

Results
Scores from the Hebrew and English versions were found to be highly correlated, ρ = 0.61–0.96; P < 0.001. No differences in total scores were detected between the 2 versions of the 3 questionnaires and their subcategories (P > 0.05). Cronbach alpha values were good (0.65–096) for all questionnaires. Scores were highly correlated when the patients refilled the questionnaires in Hebrew (ρ = 0.81–0.98; P < 0.001).

Conclusions
This study provides validated Hebrew versions of 3 well-accepted pelvic floor questionnaires. These questionnaires will enable standardization when assessing women with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Hebrew
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Quality of life questionnaires
  • Sexual function
  • Urgency
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery

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