Validation of the Hebrew version of the Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief questionnaire

Burns. 2015 Feb;41(1):188-95. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2014.05.006. Epub 2014 Jun 4.


Background: The Burns Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) questionnaire is a suitable measurement tool for the assessment of general, physical, mental, and social health aspects of the burn survivor.

Aim: To translate, culturally adapt and validate the BSHS-B to Hebrew (BSHS-H), and to investigate its psychometric properties.

Methods: Eighty-six Hebrew speaking burn survivors filled out the BSHS-B and SF-36 questionnaires. Ten of them (11.63%) completed a retest. The psychometric properties of the scale were evaluated. Internal consistency, criterion validity, and construct validity were assessed using interclass correlation coefficient, Cronbach's alpha statistic, Spearman rank test, and Mann-Whitney U test respectively.

Results: BSHS-H Cronbach's alpha coefficient was 0.97. Test-retest interclass coefficients were between 0.81 and 0.98. BSHS-H was able to discriminate between facial burns, hand burns and burns >10% body surface area (p<0.05). BSHS-H and SF-36 were positively correlated (r(2)=0.667, p<0.01).

Conclusions: BSHS-H is a reliable and valid instrument for use in the Israeli burn survivor population. The translation and cross-cultural adaptation of this disease specific scale allows future comparative international studies.

Keywords: Burn Specific Health Scale; Burns; Measurement tool; Plastic surgery; Quality of life; Validation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Surface Area
  • Burns*
  • Facial Injuries*
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Quality of Life*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors*
  • Translations
  • Young Adult