This study investigates the reliability and validity of the adapted Persian version of the Spinal Appearance Questionnaire (P-SAQ).
The stages of cross-cultural adaptation were conducted according to an internationally accepted guidelines. Reliability of the P-SAQ was measured by evaluating internal consistency and test–retest reproducibility using Cronbach’s α and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Validity of the P-SAQ was assessed by factor analysis, and convergent and known-groups validities. Convergent validity was assessed through participant response on the P-SAQ and the revised 22-item Persian version of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS-22r) questionnaire. Known-groups validity was assessed by comparing the P-SAQ scores according to the patients curve magnitude and treatment type.
A total of 106 patients with a diagnosis of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) were included. The P-SAQ demonstrated an acceptable internal consistency with a Cronbach’s α of 0.77 (range 0.65–0.72). The test–retest reliability was excellent (range ICC 0.85–0.98). There was a correlation between the total score, average scores of the general, curve, rib prominence, kyphosis, and trunk shift subscales of the P-SAQ and subtotal and total scores of the SRS-22r, r = − 0.2 to − 0.4, p < 0.05. The P-SAQ discriminated between patients with differing Cobb angle magnitudes and treatment types (p < 0.01). Factor analysis supported the use of the appearance and expectations items as separate scales for the P-SAQ.
The P-SAQ is a valid and reliable tool that could be utilized to evaluate the perception of appearance for Persian-speaking AIS patients with different curve magnitude and treatment strategies.
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This work was supported by the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) of Kerman University of Medical Sciences (97000098, 2018).
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Babaee, T., Moradi, V., Rouhani, N. et al. Assessment of reliability and validity of the adapted Persian version of the Spinal Appearance Questionnaire in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Spine Deform (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s43390-021-00414-3
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- Spinal appearance questionnaire