British Leprosy Relief Association
The concurrent validity of the Amharic version of Screening of Activity Limitation and Safety Awareness (SALSA) in persons affected by leprosy
aDepartment of Hand Surgery, Skåne University Hospital, Sweden
bIndependent leprosy- and hand rehabilitation consultant, Amsterdam
cLinnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden
dDepartment of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Sweden
Correspondence to: Mathilda Björk, Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, 551 11 Jönköping, Sweden (Tel: +46 36 101263; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leprosy is endemic in many countries and results in activity limitations. There is a need for assessment tools to guide professionals in their evaluation and choice of intervention in order to improve conditions for leprosy-affected people. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the concurrent validity of the Amharic version of Screening of Activity Limitation and Safety Awareness (SALSA-am) scale with Amharic version of Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH-am) questionnaire.
Thirty-eight individuals with nerve damage due to leprosy completed the SALSA-am and DASH-am questionnaires. Spearman’s rank correlation was used to determine relationships between SALSA and DASH scores. Specificity, sensitivity and accuracy were calculated.
There was a good correlation 0.87 (P < 0.001) between SALSA-am and DASH-am scores. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were calculated with acceptable results.
SALSA-am is considered a useful questionnaire for determining activity limitations in persons affected by leprosy, and showed good correlation with DASH-am. The concurrent validity was considered good.