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What is the translation of HSCL-25 in Italian: a consensus procedure by Delphi-round and Forward-Backward translation

Abstract : Introduction: Family physicians (FPs) are the first port of call for depressive patients in developed countries. Multimorbidity in patients over 50 years is an important risk factor for depression. Symptoms are difficult to identify owing to their inter-individual and intercultural variations. Few diagnostics tools are adapted and used by FPs. Family Practice Depression and Multimorbidity (FPDM) is a study managed by European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN). FPDM aims to find a diagnostic depression tool in primary care for collaborative research throughout Europe. Previous steps of FPDM have found that the Hopkins Symptom Checklist in 25 items (HSCL-25) was the most appropriate tool according to the criteria of effectiveness, reproducibility and ergonomics. Objective: To translate HSCL-25 in Italian while adapting its content to the cultural and linguistic characteristics ensuring that original meaning was preserved. Method: A Delphi method adapted for a Forward-Backward translation was used. The translation from English to Italian was submitted to a panel of Italian experts in primary care. Backward translation was performed with a blind back-translation principle. Results: The inclusion criteria of panel were followed. The Italian translation was confirmed in two Delphi rounds. The Backward English translation was produced and agreed by the FPDM’s scientific committee. Discussion: The Delphi method and the quality of the panel of experts FPs ensured a reliable Italian translation. A first analysis of the Backward translation (Depression Workshop Barcelona 2014) has highlighted the need for little changes between original and English backward version. The following step will consist in a cultural check to ensure that HSCL-25 is in total agreement with the Backward translation.
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Angélique Le Guennec. What is the translation of HSCL-25 in Italian: a consensus procedure by Delphi-round and Forward-Backward translation. Human health and pathology. 2014. ⟨dumas-01115855⟩

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