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Validity and reliability of the Arabic Version of the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey (AWURSS-11)

1 Department of Otolaryngology; Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Khalid H Malki,
Department of ENT, Communication and Swallowing Disorders Unit, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.310987

Background: The Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey (WURSS) is a patient-oriented tool that has been developed to evaluate patient QOL in a disease-specific manner. Objectives: This study aimed to generate an Arabic purview of Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey WURSS-11 (AWURSS-11) and to assess its validity and reliability in normal subjects and common cold patients. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study has been carried out in King Abdulaziz University Hospital and Prince Sultan Medical Military City Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between October 2017 and May 2018. The generated AWURSS-11 was administered to 197 patients with common cold and 67 asymptomatic participants. Cronbach's alpha tested the internal consistency of the AWURSS-11, while intraclass correlation coefficient was used to study test-retest reliability. The patients and control results were compared to test the clinical validity of the AWURSS-11. Results: AWURSS-11 showed good internal consistency (Cronbach's α = 0.896). Furthermore, good test-retest was found for the three domains and the total scores with significantly high intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC = 0.93). Significant difference was resulted between the AWURSS-11 score of the patients and the asymptomatic group (P = 0.0001). Conclusion: The results showed that the AWURSS-11 is a tool that is valid and reliable and can be even be used to assess common cold symptoms in patients who are Arabic speakers.

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