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Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the World Health Organization - Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS) 2.0

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Liselotte Hermansson

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The WHODAS 2.0 is a generic measure of difficulties in everyday activities for people with different health conditions.

The aim of this project was to:

1) translate the instrument to Swedish and examine the understanding of its items and rating scale in people with or without disability;

2) validate the Swedish self-administered version in a normal population  by investigating the a) unidimensionality, and b) convergent validity to RAND-36; and,

3) validate the interviewer-administered version in a population of old people living in ordinary homes with community support by testing convergent validity to different measures of function and by test-retest reliability.


  • Ann-Helene Almborg, Socialstyrelsen
  • Cecilia Svanborg, Karolinska institutet