Vol 54, No 5 (2020)
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Validation of the Polish version of the Movement Disorder Society-Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS)

Joanna Siuda1, Magdalena Boczarska-Jedynak2, Sławomir Budrewicz3, Jarosław Dulski45, Monika Figura6, Urszula Fiszer7, Agata Gajos8, Agnieszka Gorzkowska9, Ewa Koziorowska-Gawron3, Dariusz Koziorowski6, Anna Krygowska-Wajs10, Monika Rudzińska-Bar11, Jarosław Sławek45, Xuehan Ren12, Sheng Luo13, Pablo Martinez-Martin14, Glenn Stebbins15, Christopher G. Goetz15, Grzegorz Opala1, MDS-UPDRS Polish Validation Task Force
Pubmed: 32639019
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2020;54(5):416-425.


Introduction. In 2008, the Movement Disorders Society (MDS) published a new Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) as the official benchmark scale for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). We have translated and validated the Polish version of the MDS-UPDRS, explored its dimensionality, and compared it to the original English one. Methods. The MDS-UPDRS was translated into Polish by a team of Polish investigators led by JS and GO. The back-translation was completed by colleagues fluent in both languages (Polish and English) who were not involved in the original translation, and was reviewed by members of the MDS Rating Scales Programme. Then the translated version of the MDS-UPDRS underwent cognitive pretesting, and the translation was modified based on the results. The final translation was approved as the Official Working Document of the MDS-UPDRS Polish version, and was tested on 355 Polish PD patients recruited at movement disorders centres all over Poland (at Katowice, Gdańsk, Łódź, Warsaw, Wrocław, and Kraków). Confirmatory and explanatory factor analyses were applied to determine whether the factor structure of the English version could be confirmed in the Polish version. Results. The Polish version of the MDS-UPDRS showed satisfactory clinimetric properties. The internal consistency of the Polish version was satisfactory. In the confirmatory factor analysis, all four parts had greater than 0.90 comparative fit index (CFI) compared to the original English MDS-UPDRS. Explanatory factor analysis suggested that the Polish version differed from the English version only within an acceptable range. Conclusions and clinical implications. The Polish version of the MDS-UPDRS meets the requirements to be designated as the Official Polish Version of the MDS-UPDRS, and is available on the MDS web page. We strongly recommend using the MDS-UPDRS instead of the UPDRS for research purposes and in everyday clinical practice.


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