2003. Conway K et al. – Harmonized French version of the Aging Males’ Symptoms Scale


Conway K, Heinemann LA, Giroudet C, Johannes EJ, Myon E, Taieb C, Raynaud JP. Harmonized French version of the Aging Males’ Symptoms Scale. Aging Male. 2003 Jun;6(2):106-9.


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Interest in clinical investigations about the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of aging men has increased in recent years. The aim of this paper is to inform the scientific community about a harmonized French Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) Scale. There were two slightly different French AMS Scales, which both underwent an up-to-date linguistic and cultural translation process, i.e. were valid to be applied in research. However, it was felt to be unfortunate that two versions of one language in one country existed. Therefore, an ad hoc committee of both translation teams were asked to develop a harmonized single French AMS Scale. The harmonization meeting developed a consensus item-by-item and the new French reference scale was agreed upon. It was agreed that only this scale should be published to avoid confusion among future users. The French AMS Scale published in this paper should be used for future research and necessary cultural/linguistic adaptations in the French-speaking world.