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Psychometric Properties of the Hindi Version of the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand: A Pilot Study
Physical Therapy Faculty Research
  • Saurabh Mehta, Marshall University
  • Ramesh Tiruttani
  • Manraj N. Kaur
  • Joy MacDermid
  • Rania Karim, Marshall University
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Objectives. To culturally adapt and translate the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand questionnaire into Hindi (DASH-H) and assess its reliability, validity, and responsiveness in adult patients with shoulder tendonitis.

Study Design. Descriptive methodological research, using longitudinal design.

Setting. Outpatient clinic. Participants. 30 adult patients aged 53.3 ± 6.9 y with shoulder tendonitis.

Data Analyses. DASH-H, visual analogue scales for pain (VAS-P) and disability (VAS-D), and shoulder active range of motion (AROM) were assessed at baseline, 2-3 days later, and 4-5 weeks after baseline. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) assessed test-retest reliability of these scales and responsiveness was examined by calculating effect sizes (ES) and standardized response means (SRM). Cronbach’s alpha (CA) was used to examine internal consistency of DASH-H. Convergent construct validity of DASH-H with VAS scales and shoulder AROM was determined using Pearson’s Correlation Coefficients (). Results. DASH-H demonstrated good test-retest reliability and internal consistency (ICC and CA both > 0.75) and excellent responsiveness (ES = 2.2, SRM = 6.1). DASH-H showed high concordance (, ) with AROM-flexion and moderate concordance (, ) with VAS scales and AROM-external rotation.

Conclusion. Analyses indicate that DASH-H demonstrates good test-retest reliability, validity, and responsiveness in patients with shoulder tendonitis.


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Saurabh P. Mehta, Ramesh Tiruttani, Manraj N. Kaur, Joy MacDermid, and Rania Karim, “Psychometric Properties of the Hindi Version of the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand: A Pilot Study,” Rehabilitation Research and Practice, vol. 2015, Article ID 482378, 7 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/482378