Brazilian Journal of Pain
https://brjp.org.br/article/doi/10.5935/2595-0118.20230069-en
Brazilian Journal of Pain
Review Article

Psychometric properties of The Maastricht Upper Extremity Questionnaire: systematic review and meta-analysis

Propriedades psicométricas do The Maastricht Upper Extremity Questionnaire: revisão sistemática e meta-análise

Jânio Luiz Correia Júnior; Maria Fernanda da Silva Torres; Sthefanny Pontes Sampaio Costa; Hermê Fellipo Bordoni Caldeira; Marina Pereira Gonçalves; Ricardo Freitas-Dias

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: With the necessity to assess musculoskeletal complaints caused by computer use, The Maastricht Upper Extremity Questionnaire (MUEQ) was created, which aims to assess musculoskeletal complaints of the upper limbs, shoulder complex and cervical spine in computer users. However, there is currently no comprehensive summary in the scientific literature on the psychometric properties of the MUEQ. The objective of this study was to conduct a synthesis of all available scientific evidence that has analyzed the psychometric properties of the MUEQ.
CONTENTS: This study followed the PRISMA recommendations. The bibliographic search was carried out in the following databases: Medline (via VHL), Embase, LILACS (via BVS), Pubmed, PsycINFO, Scielo, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source, MEDLINE Complete, Web of Science CENTRAL, Scopus and SPORTDiscus. Studies that addressed the psychometric properties of the MUEQ were included, as long as they were original articles of research carried out with human beings and indexed in the databases used. The studies were selected in two phases, with two independent reviewers. A total of 6 articles were included in the analysis. The evidence based on internal structure showed acceptable results. The reliability indexes ranged from α=0.52 to α=0.84, and ICC/composite reliability > 0.70 in the analyzed studies, classified as “good” and “excellent,” respectively. 
CONCLUSION: In general, this research found a lack of detail on the process of content validity and evidence related to external variables and the description of the sample. These problems extended to the evidence based on the internal structure and reliability of the MUEQ, which did not reach levels considered acceptable to ensure its adequacy and accuracy.

Keywords

Musculoskeletal pain, Occupational health, Surveys and questionnaires, Teleworking, Upper extremity

Resumo

JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Com a necessidade de avaliar as queixas musculoesqueléticas ocasionadas pelo uso de computadores, foi criado o The Maastricht Upper Extremity Questionnaire (MUEQ), cujo objetivo foi avaliar as queixas musculoesqueléticas relativas aos membros superiores, ao complexo do ombro e à cervical em usuários de computadores. No entanto, atualmente não existe uma sumarização abrangente, na literatura científica, sobre as propriedades psicométricas do MUEQ. O objetivo deste estudo foi realizar uma síntese de evidências científicas disponíveis que analisaram as propriedades psicométricas do MUEQ. 
CONTEÚDO: Este estudo seguiu as recomendações do PRISMA. A busca bibliográfica foi realizada nas bases de dados Medline (via BVS), Embase, LILACS (via BVS), Pubmed, PsycINFO, Scielo, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source, MEDLINE Complete, Web of Science CENTRAL, Scopus e SPORTDiscus. Foram incluídos estudos que abordaram as propriedades psicométricas do MUEQ, desde que fossem artigos originais de pesquisas desenvolvidas com seres humanos e indexados nas bases utilizadas. A seleção dos estudos ocorreu em duas fases, com dois revisores independentes. Foram incluídos 6 artigos/publicações na análise. A evidência baseada na estrutura interna apresentou resultados aceitáveis. Os índices de fidedignidade variaram de α=0,52 a α=0,84 e ICC/confiabilidade composta foram maiores que 0,70 nos estudos selecionados, classificados como “bom” e “excelente”, respectivamente. 
CONCLUSÃO: De um modo geral, esta pesquisa constatou a falta de detalhamento sobre o processo de validade de conteúdo e de evidências relacionados a variáveis externas e à descrição da amostra. Esses problemas se estenderam à evidência baseada na estrutura interna e à confiabilidade do MUEQ, que não alcançaram níveis considerados aceitáveis para garantir sua adequação e precisão.

Palavras-chave

Dor musculoesquelética, Extremidade superior, Inquéritos e questionários, Saúde ocupacional, Teletrabalho

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Submitted date:
03/22/2023

Accepted date:
09/11/2023

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