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The Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief: Measurement invariant across European countries
Assoc Dutch Burn Centre, Netherlands .
University of Utrecht, Netherlands .
Uppsala University, Sweden .
Martini Hospital, Netherlands .
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2013 (English)In: JOURNAL OF TRAUMA AND ACUTE CARE SURGERY, ISSN 2163-0755, Vol. 74, no 5, 1321-1326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The Burn Specific Health Scale Brief (BSHS-B), which is the only multidimensional measure to evaluate burn-specific aspects of health status, has previously been validated in several languages across the world. However, the stability of the underlying construct was not cross-culturally evaluated. The current study reports on measurement invariance across two samples of Swedish and Dutch-speaking patients with burns. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMETHODS: In a prospective study, 231 and 275 Swedish and Dutch-Belgian patients with burns, completed the BSHS-B at 9 or 12 months, respectively, after burn. Using a multigroup confirmatory factor analysis, measurement invariance across languages (Swedish and Dutch) was tested. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanRESULTS: The results of the confirmatory factor analysis in the total sample revealed that the scale structure for the earlier reported three-factor structure and the original nine-factor structure was adequate. However, an eight-factor structure in which hand function and simple abilities were merged provided the best fit. This structure was used to test measurement invariance across the two language groups. The two-group outcomes testing measurement invariance across Swedish- and Dutch-speaking patients indicated a stable, configural invariance. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanCONCLUSION: The BSHS-B seems to function uniformly across both language groups. The BSHS-B can be used to compare cross-cultural results in both countries.

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Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins , 2013. Vol. 74, no 5, 1321-1326 p.
Keyword [en]
Burns, quality of life, measurement invariance
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94611DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31828cca84ISI: 000319316600028OAI: diva2:633573

Funding Agencies|Dutch Burns Foundation|03.9004.2012|Swedish Research Council||Soderstrom-Konigska Foundation||Vardal Foundation||County of Ostergotland||Thuring Foundation||

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