Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Factor structure of the German version of the pain attitudes and beliefs scale for physiotherapists
Authors: Brunner, Emanuel
Meichtry, André
O’Sullivan, Kieran
Baldew, Se-Sergio
Dankaerts, Wim
Probst, Michel
DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1461285
Published in: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Issue Date: 23-Apr-2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0959-3985
Language: English
Subjects: Attitudes; Beliefs; Factor; Pain structure; Validity
Subject (DDC): 615.82: Physical therapy
Abstract: The Pain Attitudes and Beliefs Scale for Physiotherapists (PABS-PT) is a questionnaire that is frequently used to measure the treatment orientation of physiotherapists and other healthcare providers toward low back pain (LBP). Previous validation studies of the PABS-PT have reported consistently that exploratory factor analysis (EFA) yielded a two-factor model with the factors "biomedical" and "biopsychosocial." However, there remain concerns regarding the composition of these two factors and the internal consistency of the "biopsychosocial" factor. The objective of this study was to replicate the previous validation study on the German PABS-PT. EFA was implemented to reexamine the underlying structure of the scale, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to test the fit of the hypothesized two-factor model. Results of the initial validation study were not replicated. EFA indicated that a two-factor solution is an inadequate representation of the PABS-PT data, and CFA showed insufficient fit of the hypothesized two-factor model to the PABS-PT data. Our results indicate a need for caution when using the PABS-PT to measure physiotherapists' orientation toward LBP, particularly in measuring the magnitude of a biopsychosocial orientation.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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