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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 178

Practice of culturally validated questionnaires in health-care centers in Saudi Arabia


Department of Physiotherapy, Majmaah Univeristy, Al Majmaah, Al Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication4-Oct-2017

Correspondence Address:
Mahamed Ateef
Department of Physiotherapy, Majmaah Univeristy, Al Majmaah, Al Majmaah
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_22_17

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How to cite this article:
Al-Qahtani M, Ateef M, Al-Shewaier S, Seyam MK. Practice of culturally validated questionnaires in health-care centers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Sports Med 2017;17:178

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Al-Qahtani M, Ateef M, Al-Shewaier S, Seyam MK. Practice of culturally validated questionnaires in health-care centers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Sports Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 May 21];17:178. Available from: http://www.sjosm.org/text.asp?2017/17/3/178/215919



Sir,

It is well known about the importance of psychometric analysis of patient impairments as a part of symptom evaluation. Psychometric evaluation provides the complete and comprehensive data about patient suffering about the stage-wise chronicity of the disease. Generally, practitioners do evaluate based on their physical examination and other investigations and expect the outcomes. Many health centers ignore to evaluate their functional levels of impairments which are considered to be more valuable. Culturally validated questionnaires measure in-depth functional suffering by the patients as well for better outcomes. Questionnaires also measure comprehensive patient outcomes that are helpful for a practitioner to plan segmental interventions periodically to prevent the insidious development of disabilities.

There is a need of documentation of such obtained data using culturally validated questionnaires to improve the quality of life. Saudi Arabia requires the use of culturally validated questionnaires in huge quantity. Enormous questionnaires are being used for research purpose, but at the same time, individual patient outcome documentation needs to be practiced using questionnaires. Cross-cultural validation studies are required in Saudi Arabia in huge quantities. Based on this, numerous disease registries will be maintained to serve the qualitative research to support the meta-analysis, thereby scientific and patient-benefited results would be possible to obtain. If such long questionnaires were implemented successfully, there will be a scope for short forms to be documented for a high level of functional evaluation. These short forms will be utilized in randomized control trials to cut short the time duration of trials and registries with the elderly population.

Finally, there is a high value of such protocols to be incorporated by all the clinicians in their assessment protocols in Saudi Arabia for better result-oriented outcomes for the betterment of the patient.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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