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A Case Study on the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale: Language and Cross-Cultural Adaptations

Wilson, Chloe Kim (2023) A Case Study on the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale: Language and Cross-Cultural Adaptations. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Introduction: The Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale (PFS) developed by Glynn et al. in 2015 is the first validated, self-report instrument measuring perceived fatigability in adults aged 60 and older. The PFS has been translated to 17 other languages. Translations of public health questionnaires must be properly translated and adapted to the target language/culture in order to minimize misreporting and bias when comparing findings across populations.
Methods: We performed a literature search using Google Scholar on April 10, 2023. Articles that validated translations/cultural adaptations of the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale were included and assessed using Beaton et al.’s framework for translating measures and tools.
Results: A total of 7 papers were evaluated and included in this review. The PFS was adapted into the following languages: the Spanish, English (United Kingdom), Dutch, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Conclusions: Almost all the translations used Beaton’s stages of translation, however, the UK-PFS only warranted a cultural adaptation, and one paper did not list any method of translation, or the language used in the study. Future validations of translations and cultural adaptations should follow a systematic process and work with the original developer during the process. This is relevant to public health because fatigability is highly prevalent and associated with age-related deleterious outcomes; understanding its prevalence across populations will help identify at-risk older adults.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wilson, Chloe Kimckw23@pitt.educkw23
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGlynn, Nancy W.epidnwg@pitt.eduepidnwgUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSalter, Cynthia L.cys6@pitt.educys6UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWelburn, Sharon C.welburn_sharon@columbusstate.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 16 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 34
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 18:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 18:39


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