A cross-cultural adaptation of the Upper Limb Functional Index in French Canadian

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Abstract

Study design:

Clinical measurement.

Introduction:

The Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI) is a self-report questionnaire assessing activity limitations/participation restrictions resulting from an upper limb musculoskeletal disorder (UL-MSD). It is suitable for use in a rehabilitation context where clinicians have important time constraints due to a heavy caseload. However, no French version was available until now.

Purpose/methods:

To perform a cross-cultural adaptation of the ULFI in French Canadian and examine the psychometric properties and clinical applicability of the adapted version (ULFI-FC) among 50 bilingual patients.

Results:

The ULFI-FC showed high internal consistency (Cronbach α = 0.93), good convergent validity with the original ULFI (r = 0.85) and with the French Canadian version of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (r = −0.85) and good applicability.

Conclusion:

This study supports the suitability of the ULFI-FC for use in a busy rehabilitation setting for French-speaking patients with UL-MSD.

Level of evidence:

N/A.

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