In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Line Kjeldgaard Pedersen and her co-workers report on two studies on the Danish version of the well known and much used tool for evaluating pain in children who have communication difficulties, the revised Face, Legs, Activity, Cry, and Consolability ‒ the r-FLACC [1,2].1Formally testing reliability and validation of a translated version of a pain-evaluation toolOften such tools are just translated to other languages and used in other cultures than the original. The translation may be inaccurate, or words with a similar meaning, but a different cultural context may cause a different meaning than in the original. This creates problems in that a translated version may measure different aspects of a similar issue. Results cannot be compared with results from the original version or other language versions.There are formal ways of correctly translating a scoring system from one language and culture to another: Translation and translation back to the original can detect inaccurate translations. This will not guarantee that the translated version will function as intended: It is also necessary to evaluate the validity of the wording in the new culture, as well as reliability, e.g. that different raters reach similar
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Oct 1, 2015
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