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Revista Colombiana de Cancerología

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VALDELAMAR, A; PARRA, A. M; SANCHEZ, R  and  DE LA HOZ, F. Transcultural adaptation of the Colombian version of the UCLA Loneliness Scale in patients diagnosed with cancer. rev.colomb.cancerol. [online]. 2022, vol.26, n.1, pp.97-110.  Epub Sep 06, 2022. ISSN 0123-9015.


Unwanted loneliness is a construct that has shown relationships with different negative outcomes of health, including those of patients with cancer. In the context of health research, the UCLA loneliness scale is a widely used instrument for measuring this construct. In Colombia, the 03 version of this instrument has still not been neither translated, nor transculturally adapted.


To translate and perform transcultural adaptation of the UCLA loneliness scale, version 03 for its use in patients having cancer in Colombia.


The process of translation and transcultural adaptation followed the methodology proposed by the EORTC group, aimed at achieving semantic equivalence with the original version of the scale. A pilot test has been made with 20 Colombian patients diagnosed with different types of cancer, attending the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Colombia.


In the reconciliated version, item UC1 has been modified. There has been not changes neither in translation of instructions, nor in response options. In pilot testing two out of 20 patients reported that items UC6, UC7, UC11 y UC19 should be modified and one patient mentioned that item UC8 was difficult to understand; however, no changes were made taking into account the low number of patients describing similar findings, and because these suggestions could change the semantic equivalence of these items. No items were deemed offensive.


It is available a transculturally adapted version of the UCLA loneliness scale, version 03 for its validation in patients with cancer in Colombia.

Keywords : loneliness; surveys and questionnaires; neoplasm.

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