Pregnancy induced musculoskeletal dysfunction scale(PMDS) - development and validation

B. Sathyaprabha, Jayavijayaraghavan, Arun G. Maiya, N. Venkatesh

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Background-Most women consider their pregnancy discomforts as part of gestational changes unless its severity affects their regular activities. Extensive literature search shows that there is a lack in the psychometrically accepted measurement tool for pregnancy induced musculoskeletal symptoms. Aim-The purpose of this study is to develop validated tool to quantify the pregnancy related musculoskeletal discomforts. Method-The study was conducted between January-2013 and March-2013 at Chennai. Evaluation of face and content validity performed by three Specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, three nursing professionals and by two physiotherapists experienced in the field of women’s health. Maternal physical discomfort scale item pool was prepared. Evaluation of the construct validity of the questionnaire was performed by factor analysis. Conclusion-The scale developed (PMDS) to analyze the musculoskeletal issues proved to be a valid and reliable instrument. Analyzing pregnancy discomforts is important to health care professionals to provide effective antenatal care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-351
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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