Background and purpose: Physiotherapists' different attitudes towards low back pain (LBP) are associated with patients' attitudes towards pain and with patients' disability. The Health Care Providers' Pain and Impairment Relationship Scale (HC-Pairs) is a self-administered instrument that assesses the attitudes and beliefs of health care professionals regarding LBP and the patient's daily function. The aims of this study are to translate, culturally adapt, and asses the psychometric properties of the Hebrew version of the HC-Pairs. Methods: The English version of the HC-Pairs was forward–backward translated, pretested, and reviewed by a panel of experts. Reliability was determined by computing Cronbach's α, and validity by exploring the correlations between the HC-Pairs' scores and the Pain Attitudes and Beliefs Scale for Physiotherapists (PABS-PT) scores. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed. A convenience sample of 277 physiotherapists was invited to fill the HC-Pairs and PABS-PT questionnaires and a sociodemographic questionnaire. Results: The forward–backward translation process revealed minor discrepancies between the texts. After the pretest, the expert panel agreed on a final version. A sample of 241 physiotherapists completed the questionnaires (response rate of 87%; 241/277); 213 met the inclusion criteria. Factor analysis suggests that the Hebrew version of the scale fits the one-factor model. Cronbach's α was 0.81 after deletion of two items and indicated good internal consistency. The scores produced by the instrument showed a substantial correlation with those of the biomedical dimension of the PABS-PT, and poor correlation with the behavioural dimension, in the expected directions. Conclusion: The findings of the present study on the psychometric properties of the HC-Pairs are positive. Nevertheless, the Hebrew version of the HC-Pairs is still in a developmental stage. Further psychometric research is needed to assess the attitudes and beliefs of Hebrew-speaking physiotherapists, which have been shown to be associated with treatment orientations and work recommendations.
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- low back pain
- psychometric evaluation