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Validity and reliability of the tuberculosis-related stigma scale version for Brazilian Portuguese

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Crispim, Juliane de Almeida ; Caetano da Silva, Lais Mara ; Yamamura, Mellina ; Popolin, Marcela Paschoal ; Vieira Ramos, Antonio Carlos ; Arroyo, Luiz Henrique ; Rego de Queiroz, Ana Angelica ; Belchior, Aylana de Souza ; dos Santos, Danielle Talita ; Pieri, Flavia Meneguetti ; Bandeira Rodrigues, Ludmila Barbosa ; Protti, Simone Terezinha ; Pinto, Ione Carvalho ; Palha, Pedro Fredemir ; Arcencio, Ricardo Alexandre
Total Authors: 15
Document type: Journal article
Source: BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES; v. 17, JUL 21 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Background: Stigma associated with tuberculosis (TB) has been an object of interest in several regions of the world. The behaviour presented by patients as a result of social discrimination has contributed to delays in diagnosis and the abandonment of treatment, leading to an increase in the cases of TB and drug resistance. The identification of populations affected by stigma and its measurement can be assessed with the use of valid and reliable instruments developed or adapted to the target culture. This aim of this study was to analyse the initial psychometric properties of the Tuberculosis-Related Stigma scale in Brazil, for TB patients. Methods: The Tuberculosis-Related Stigma scale is a specific scale for measuring stigma associated with TB, originally validated in Thailand. It presents two dimensions to be assessed, namely Community perspectives toward tuberculosis and Patient perspectives toward tuberculosis. The first has 11 items regarding the behaviour of the community in relation to TB, and the second is made up of 12 items related to feelings such as fear, guilt and sorrow in coping with the disease. A pilot test was conducted with 83 TB patients, in order to obtain the initial psychometric properties of the scale in the Brazilian Portuguese version, enabling simulation of the field study. Results: As regards its psychometric properties, the scale presented acceptable internal consistency for its dimensions, with values >= 0.70, the absence of floor and ceiling effects, which is favourable for the property of scale responsiveness, satisfactory converging validity for both dimensions, with values over 0.30 for initial studies, and diverging validity, with adjustment values different from 100%. Conclusion: The results found show that the Tuberculosis-Related Stigma scale can be a valid and reliable instrument for the Brazilian context. (AU)

Grantee:Juliane de Almeida Crispim
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate