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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(8), 217;

Validation of Serbian Version of Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Score (DVSS) Questionnaire

Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, University Children’s Hospital, Tirsova 10, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Pediatric Surgery Department, University Children’s Hospital, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Pediatric Radiology Department, University Children’s Hospital, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 13 August 2018 / Published: 14 August 2018
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Objective: The aims of our study were to translate the dysfunctional voiding symptom score (DVSS) from English to Serbian; culturally adopt the items; assess the internal consistency and the test–retest reliability of DVSSSR in patients with dysfunctional voiding (DV); evaluate and test the construct and divergent validity of DVSSSR against demographic parameters (gender and education); and examine the level of explained variability for each item of DVSSSR against demographic parameters (gender and education). Methods: The cross-sectional observational study included 50 patients with dysfunctional voiding aged 5 years and above. The DVSS questionnaire was translated from English into Serbian by the forward–backward method. Internal consistency was assessed with Cronbach α and test–retest reliability with intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). For validity testing we performed construct and divergent validity analyses. Results: There was excellent internal consistency for every item except for Item 6 (0.787) and Item 3 (0.864), where internal consistency was good. The observed test/retest ICC for average measures was more than 0.75 (excellent) for all DVSSSR items. Gender and educational level does not correlate significantly with each item of DVSSSR (p > 0.05). For divergent validity, there were no significant differences in mean values of each item of DVSSSR between genders and different levels of education (p > 0.05). Variability that can be explained for gender and educational level was below 10%. Conclusion: Translated DVSSSR is of adequate validity and reliability for assessing DV in children. View Full-Text
Keywords: validation; questionnaire; dysfunctional voiding; children validation; questionnaire; dysfunctional voiding; children
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Cirovic, D.; Petronic, I.; Nikolic, D.; Knezevic, T.; Vukadinovic, V.; Pavicevic, P. Validation of Serbian Version of Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Score (DVSS) Questionnaire. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 217.

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