Questionnaires selecting translating and validating

13 Feb

The focus is on cross-cultural and conceptual, rather than on linguistic/literal equivalence.A well-established method to achieve this goal is to use forward-translations and back-translations.Using the six dimensions of the D&M model – system quality, information quality, service quality, use, user satisfaction, and net benefits – 90 empirical studies were examined and the results summarized.Measures for the six success constructs are described and 15 pairwise associations between the success constructs are analyzed.This method has been refined in the course of several WHO studies to result in the following guidelines.One translator, preferably a health professional, familiar with terminology of the area covered by the instrument and with interview skills should be given this task.

Psychological approaches to understanding and treating the abuse of psychoactive substances change and grow daily, and new information may emerge that supersedes some content in this course.

The following general guidelines should be considered in this process: A bilingual (in English and the target language for translation) expert panel should be convened by a designated editor-in-chief.

The goal in this step is to identify and resolve the inadequate expressions/concepts of the translation, as well as any discrepancies between the forward translation and the existing or comparable previous versions of the questions if any.

This course will: (1) provide clinicians with an intermediate level of knowledge of substance abuse issues arising in psychotherapy; (2) equip them to use a face-to-face interview to assess a client’s substance use and related complications; and (3) prepare them to make appropriate recommendations based on assessment results.

Given the vast range of abusable substances and the complexity of individual behavior, not every assessment context can be specified nor can efficacy be guaranteed, but the course will offer the clinician useful ideas and tools for responding to a wide spectrum of substance use disorders and concerns.