Self-care is essential for treating hypertension by lowering and controlling blood pressure, to ultimately reduce cardiovascular disease. A valid and reliable hypertension self-care measure is needed for the Thai population.
The aim of this study was to translate a cross-cultural adaptation of the Self-care of Hypertension Inventory (SC-HI) into Thai and conduct a pretest of the Thai SC-HI (version 2.0).
We performed a methodological study. The stepped approach included translation of the original version of the SC-HI into Thai (forward), synthesis of translation, translation of the Thai version back to English, expert committee review, and pretesting. Pretest phase for feasibility, interobserver agreement, and temporal stability tests were performed in 140 patients with hypertension.
Translation equivalence was obtained between the Thai and the original US versions. The item-level content validity index was rated by 9 experts; the relevance, clarity, simplicity, and ambiguity criteria were all 1.00. Similarly, the scale-level content validity indices were 1.00 for the overall instrument and the self-care maintenance, self-care management, and self-care confidence scales. The item-level intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) had a range of 0.97 to 1.00 for interobserver agreement and 0.95 to 1.00 for test-retest, respectively. The interobserver ICCs were 0.99 for the total scale and 3 separate scales. The test-retest ICCs were 0.99 for the total scale, with a range of 0.97 to 0.99 for the three separate scales.
The process of cross-cultural adaptation warranted validity and reliability testing of the Thai SC-HI. Psychometric testing of this instrument is needed for evaluation in a large sample of individuals with hypertension.

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