Journal article

Translation and back-translation methodology in health research - a critique

Uldis Ozolins, Sandra Hale, Xiang Cheng, Amelia Hyatt, Penelope Schofield

Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Introduction: While back translation has been widely used in medical research surveying linguistically diverse populations, research literature often fails to document this complex translation process. Our study examines inadequacies in the use of back translation, suggests improvements, as well as suggesting where other translation strategies may be more appropriate.Areas covered: This paper cites numerous metastudies showing how back translation is often uncritically adopted in validation of research instruments, pointing to potential methodological failings, before examining the back-translation processes in an Australian study of non-English speaking cancer patients. Our study of back tr..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Funding Acknowledgements

The INFORM study on which this article is based was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (#1047416). Additional funding for translation research came from the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences research grant with ethics clearance HC15244.