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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-162

Translation, cultural adaptation, validity and reliability of the moral sensitivity questionnaire for use in Arab countries


1 Department of Nursing, College of Nursing; Cairo University, Giza, Egypt; King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, Giza, Egypt; King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, Giza, Egypt; King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hala Mohamed Mohamed Bayoumy
College of Nursing-Jeddah, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, P.O. Box. 9515, Jeddah, 21423

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_97_17

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Background: Moral sensitivity is a core element for decision-making among nurses. It is necessary to understand the existing levels of moral sensitivity among health professionals using validated instruments. The Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire (MSQ) is developed within the context of Western culture and there is no prior testing among Arab nurses. Materials and Methods: This study explored the psychometric properties of Arabic-translated version of the MSQ among a sample of 338 Saudi nursing students. Pilot testing of the Arabic version revealed a Cronbach's alpha of 0.73. Results: The questionnaire has a good internal consistency, with Cronbach's alpha of 0.82 and item-total correlation values ranging from 0.19 to 0.44. A 7-factor structure was illustrated by exploratory factor analysis. Conclusions: The questionnaire showed strong psychometric properties among the study individuals. Assessment of moral sensitivity among Arab nurses using this translated questionnaire is recommended for ensuring professional ethical conduct.


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