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Use of the WOMAC questionnaire in Mumbai and the challenges of translation and cross cultural adaptation

NJ Gogtay, UM Thatte, B Dasgupta, S Deshpande

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.007


Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are disease specific questionnaires that are being increasingly used in clinical practice and research. The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), is a widely used PROM in patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis. A validated WOMAC was used by us, and significant challenges were faced in administering it as several questions did not have a cultural connect. Functionally equivalent items in the Indian context had then to be used to complete the score.

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