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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-48

Psychometric properties of the arabic Tinetti Assessment Battery of gait and balance (TAB)

Chairman of Audiology and Balance Unit ENT Department, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ph.D Murad O Al-Momani
P O. Box 245 Riyadh 11411
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.275262

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Objective: To investigate the accuracy of translating and adapting the Tinetti Assessment Battery for gait and balance (TAB) from English into Arabic and to assess the psychometric properties of the Arabic version. Method: A forward-backward translation process was used to translate the measure. Two hundred and twenty-one nursing home residents participated in this study. Participants were assessed using the translated Arabic and the original English versions of the TAB. Results: Cronbach alpha for the Arabic version (n = 221) of the TAB was 0.97. Test-retest reliability of the Arabic version (n = 25) ranged from 0.75-1.00 (0.94). The percent agreement for each of the Arabic and English items (n = 25), using Kappa statistics, ranged from 0.75 to 1.0 (total 0.89). Construct validity of the Arabic version (n=221) was tested using factor analysis. Two factors were rotated using a Varimax rotation procedure. The factors’ classification and the items’ distribution related to these factors were very similar to the English version of the TAB. Only 2 items of the 17 items had different distribution than the original version. Conclusions: The Arabic version of the TAB has very good psychometric properties and can be utilized with confidence with Arabic population.

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