Validation of the Hebrew Version of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale.


BACKGROUND:The Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS) is a well-established tool for producing comprehensive assessments of severity and disability associated with dyskinesia in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The scale was originally developed in English, and a broad international effort has been undertaken to develop and validate versions in additional languages. Our aim was to validate the Hebrew version of the UDysRS. METHODS:We translated the UDysRS into Hebrew, back-translated it into English, and carried out cognitive pretesting. We then administered the scale to non-demented native Hebrew-speaking patients who fulfilled the Brain Bank diagnostic criteria for probable PD (n = 250). Data were compared to the Reference Standard data used for validating UDysRS translations. RESULTS:The different portions of the Hebrew UDysRS showed high internal consistency (α ≥ 0.92). A confirmatory factor analysis in which we compared the Hebrew UDysRS to the Reference Standard version produced a comparative fit index (CFI) of 0.98, exceeding the threshold criterion of CFI > 0.9 indicating factor validity. A secondary exploratory factor analysis provided further support to the consistency between the factor structures of the Hebrew and Reference Standard versions of the UDysRS. CONCLUSION:The UDysRS Hebrew version shows strong clinimetric properties and fulfills the criteria for designation as an official International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society-approved translation for use in clinical and research settings.





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Faust-Socher, Achinoam, Saar Anis, Meir Kestenbaum, Herzl Shabtai, Tali Taichman, Aya Bar David, Adi Ezra, Chava Peretz, et al. (2020). Validation of the Hebrew Version of the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale. Neuroepidemiology. pp. 1–6. 10.1159/000507827 Retrieved from

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Sheng Luo

Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

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