Vol 95, No 6 (2024)
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Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy (kwestionariusz “Badź Aktywna w Ciąży”) to support physical activity among pregnant women in Poland

Anna Szumilewicz1, Margie H H. Davenport2, Anna Scholz3, Anita Sikora-Szubert4, Rita Santos-Rocha56, Agata Karowicz-Bilinska4, Agnieszka Zembron-Lacny7, Kazimierz Ciechanowski8, Jaroslaw Krzywanski9, Sebastian Kwiatkowski10, Tomasz Kostka11, Piotr Sieroszewski12, Ewa Kwiatkowska13
Pubmed: 38334341
Ginekol Pol 2024;95(6):483-501.

Abstract

Introduction: Physical activity during pregnancy is established to derive clinically meaningful improvements in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum health outcomes. Evidence-based pre-screening tools have been developed to support the implementation of physical activity programmes, and enhance communication between health care providers, exercise professionals and pregnant women. The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy (GAQ-P) and the Health Care Provider Consultation Form for Prenatal Physical Activity (HCPCF) empower pregnant women to identify whether they require additional counselling from their obstetric health care provider in terms of physical activity. However, these tools are not available in Polish. This work details the process taken to translate the GAQ-P and HCPCF into Polish. Material and Methods: We followed the translation process outlined by the Translation and Cultural Adaptation International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) guidelines between August 2022 and August 2023. We formed an expert group that included representatives of the Polish Society of Sports Medicine, The Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, practitioners, and scientists in physical activity during pregnancy. We implemented 9 of the 10 steps recommended by ISOPR in the translation process. At the Cognitive Debriefing stage, we collected opinions on the Polish version of GAQ-P and HCPCF from 70 stakeholders on the clarity and cultural appropriateness of the translation. Results and Conclusions: Target users have positively evaluated the Polish version of GAQ-P and HCPCF. Thanks to the ISPOR methodology, we obtained a trustworthy, evidence-based screening tools, which can reduce the barriers for most women to be physically active during pregnancy.

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