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New Tool for Prenatal Exercise Assessment Translated for Colombian Use

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Pregnant women in Colombia now have access to a newly translated tool that could significantly impact their exercise routines. The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy (GAQ_P), initially developed by a consortium of Canadian health organizations, has been translated into Colombian Spanish. This adaptation aims to facilitate better health assessments for pregnant women before they engage in physical activities, ensuring their safety and well-being.

Comprehensive Translation Process

The original GAQ_P was developed in both English and French to evaluate the health status of pregnant women prior to starting any physical activity. The translation and cultural adaptation of this tool for Colombian Spanish adhered to the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) guidelines. This rigorous process involved ten distinct steps and the collaboration of four experts to ensure accuracy and cultural relevance.

The adaptation process was meticulous, focusing on maintaining the integrity and comprehensibility of the original instrument. The result was an impressive 99% comprehensibility rate, indicating that the translated document is highly intelligible for its target audience.

Significance for Prenatal Health in Colombia

The successful translation of the GAQ_P into Colombian Spanish marks a significant advancement in prenatal health care in Colombia. By using this adapted tool, health professionals can better identify women who may have contraindications to exercise during pregnancy. This allows for more personalized and safe exercise recommendations, which can lead to improved health outcomes for both mothers and their unborn children.

The GAQ_P serves as a pre-assessment tool, guiding healthcare providers in determining whether pregnant women can safely continue or initiate physical activities. This is crucial for mitigating any risks associated with prenatal exercise.

Concrete Inferences for Health Professionals

Health professionals can draw several valuable inferences from this development:

  • Utilize the GAQ_P to identify potential exercise contraindications in pregnant women.
  • Ensure personalized exercise plans are based on thorough pre-assessment results.
  • Leverage the high comprehensibility of the translated tool to enhance patient understanding and compliance.
  • Integrate the GAQ_P into routine prenatal assessments to improve overall prenatal care quality.

These actionable insights can significantly enhance the quality of care provided to pregnant women, contributing to better health outcomes.

Original Article: Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2024 May 29. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2023-0021. Online ahead of print.

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