Evidence for validity and reliability of a French version of the FAAM.

TitreEvidence for validity and reliability of a French version of the FAAM.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBorloz, S, Crevoisier, X, Deriaz, O, Ballabeni, P, Martin, RRL, Luthi, F
JournalBMC Musculoskelet Disord
Date Published2011
Mots-clésActivities of Daily Living, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Ankle Joint, Disability Evaluation, Female, Foot Joints, France, Humans, Joint Diseases, Language, Male, Middle Aged, Reproducibility of Results, Retrospective Studies, Self Report, Young Adult

BACKGROUND: The Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) is a self reported questionnaire for patients with foot and ankle disorders available in English, German, and Persian. This study plans to translate the FAAM from English to French (FAAM-F) and assess the validity and reliability of this new version.

METHODS: The FAAM-F Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and sports subscales were completed by 105 French-speaking patients (average age 50.5 years) presenting various chronic foot and ankle disorders. Convergent and divergent validity was assessed by Pearson's correlation coefficients between the FAAM-F subscales and the SF-36 scales: Physical Functioning (PF), Physical Component Summary (PCS), Mental Health (MH) and Mental Component Summary (MCS). Internal consistency was calculated by Cronbach's Alpha (CA). To assess test re-test reliability, 22 patients filled out the questionnaire a second time to estimate minimal detectable changes (MDC) and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC).

RESULTS: Correlations for FAAM-F ADL subscale were 0.85 with PF, 0.81 with PCS, 0.26 with MH, 0.37 with MCS. Correlations for FAAM-F Sports subscale were 0.72 with PF, 0.72 with PCS, 0.21 with MH, 0.29 with MCS. CA estimates were 0.97 for both subscales. Respectively for the ADL and Sports subscales, ICC were 0.97 and 0.94, errors for a single measure were 8 and 10 points at 95% confidence and the MDC values at 95% confidence were 7 and 18 points.

CONCLUSION: The FAAM-F is valid and reliable for the self-assessment of physical function in French-speaking patients with a wide range of chronic foot and ankle disorders.

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Alternate JournalBMC Musculoskelet Disord
Citation Key / SERVAL ID3004
PubMed ID21303520
PubMed Central IDPMC3045395


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