The Open Dentistry Journal




ISSN: 1874-2106 ― Volume 14, 2020
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Validation of the Jaw and Facial Activities Limitation (JFAL) Questionnaire for Orofacial Pain Patients



Tantry Maulina1, *, Medyannisa Shafira2, Daisy Wulansari1, Agus Nurwiadh1
1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, UniversitasPadjadjaran, Indonesia
2 Faculty of Dentistry, UniversitasPadjadjaran, Indonesia

Abstract

Background:

Orofacial pain remains one of the most complained dental abnormalities that resulted in the limitation of the jaw and facial activities of the sufferer. Therefore, a simple yet effective questionnaire that can be used by dental professionals to evaluate the level of the jaw and facial activity limitation of orofacial patients is needed.

Objective:

The objective of the current study was to test the validity and reliability of the jaw and facial activities limitation questionnaire of orofacial pain patients.

Methods:

One hundred and two(33 male: 69 female) patients aged 18 to 45-year-old (mean: 28.39; standard deviation (SD): 8.23) with orofacial pain(pain in the oral or facial area that was experienced by the participant at the time of data collection) were recruited. The questionnaire consists of seven questions; the first six questions evaluate the patient’s jaw activity whilst the seventh question evaluates the patient’s facial activity through smiling ability. Each question is accompanied by four Likert-type scale answers, which are “not at all”, “a little bit”, “moderately”, and “a lot”. Reliability was measured by calculating the Cronbach’s alpha while validity was measured by using the Pearson’s correlation.

Results:

Cronbach’s alpha measurement revealed a coefficient of 0.80 whilst Pearson correlation analysis showed that the r-value for each question was higher than the r table value (0.230), confirming the validity of all questions. All p-values were < 0.05.

Conclusion:

Validity and reliability testing of the current questionnaire revealed that the questionnaire was proven to be valid and reliable.

Keywords: Orofacial pain, Jaw activity, Questionnaire, Validity, Reliability.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 14
First Page: 305
Last Page: 312
Publisher Id: TODENTJ-14-305
DOI: 10.2174/1874210602014010305

Article History:

Received Date: 07/03/2020
Revision Received Date: 08/05/2020
Acceptance Date: 13/05/2020
Electronic publication date: 18/06/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Maulina et al.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Oral Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, UniversitasPadjadjaran, Jl. Sekeloa Selatan no. 1, Bandung 40132, Bandung, Indonesia; E-mail: tantry.maulina@fkg.unpad.ac.id





1. INTRODUCTION

Orofacial pain, a term that can be defined as pain that related to the oral and facial region remains one of the most complained dental problems [1Oberoi SS, Hiremath SS, Yashoda R, Marya C, Rekhi A. Prevalence of various orofacial pain symptoms and their overall impact on quality of life in a tertiary care hospital in India. J Maxillofac Oral Surg 2014; 13(4): 533-8.
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]. At least a quarter of the general population has been affected by orofacial pain [3Benoliel R, Svensson P, Evers S, et al. The IASP classification of chronic pain for ICD-11: chronic secondary headache or orofacial pain. Pain 2019; 160(1): 60-8.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001435] [PMID: 30586072]
]. A review study about the prevalence of orofacial pain confirmed that 10% of the adult population experienced facial pain [4Madland G, Newton-John T, Feinmann C. Chronic idiopathic orofacial pain: I: What is the evidence base? Br Dent J 2001; 191(1): 22-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.4801081] [PMID: 11491472]
]. An epidemiology study conducted by Shetty et al., (2015) in 2200 patients who visited the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Departments of Sri Rajiv Gandhi College of Dental Sciences and Hospital in Bangalore, India, from the period of March 2010 to April 2011 revealed that deep somatic oral pain (which were pulpal dental pain and periodontal pain) was the most common type of orofacial pain experienced by orofacial pain patients. It was also reported that orofacial pain is more likely to occur to female than to those of the male population [5Shetty A, James L, Nagaraj T, Abraham M. Epidemiology of orofacial pain: A retrospective study. J Adv Clin Res Insight 2015; 2: 12-5.
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]. In another review about orofacial pain conducted by Benoliel et al., (2019), it was revealed that chronic primary orofacial pain due to painful Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) reached 5% of the population (6.3% in women, 2.8% in men) [3Benoliel R, Svensson P, Evers S, et al. The IASP classification of chronic pain for ICD-11: chronic secondary headache or orofacial pain. Pain 2019; 160(1): 60-8.
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].

Aside from the high prevalence, a study about orofacial pain and its impact revealed that orofacial pain interferes with the ability to work as well as the ability to perform daily activities [7Maulina T, Yubiliana G, Rachmi CN, Wulansari D, Rikmasari R. A population-based study about the prevalence of orofacial pain and its association to demographical factors in West Java province, Indonesia. Int J Clin Dent 2016; 9(3): 171-82.]. Another study about orofacial pain and the quality of life of the sufferers in India showed that the occurrence of orofacial pain was strongly associated with poor quality of life [8Kumar S, Badiyani BK, Kumar A, Dixit G, Sharma P, Agrawal S. Orofacial pain and quality of life in early adolescents in India. Int J Adolesc Med Health 2016; 30(2): 1-5.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2016-0037] [PMID: 27542197]
]. The strong association between orofacial pain and the poor quality of life might be due to the fact that orofacial pain might interfere with mastication as well as swallowing and speaking ability [9Stuginsku-Barbosa J, Alcântara AM. Pereira CdA, Consoni FMC, Conti PCR. Is inadequate swallowing associated to masticatory myofascial pain? Rev Dor São Paulo 2012; 13(2): 132-6.-11Ferreira CL, Machado BC, Borges CG, Rodrigues Da Silva MA, Sforza C, De Felício CM. Impaired orofacial motor functions on chronic temporomandibular disorders. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2014; 24(4): 565-71.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.04.005] [PMID: 24816190]
]. In a study about orofacial motor functions on patients with chronic temporomandibular disorders (TMD), it was found that chronic TMD patients had significantly greater difficulty when masticating compared to healthy subjects. It was also revealed that chronic TMD patients demonstrated longer mastication period when performing free mastication [11Ferreira CL, Machado BC, Borges CG, Rodrigues Da Silva MA, Sforza C, De Felício CM. Impaired orofacial motor functions on chronic temporomandibular disorders. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2014; 24(4): 565-71.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.04.005] [PMID: 24816190]
]. In relation to functions, Sessle (2015) also stated that some chronic orofacial pain patients might experience difficulties when performing mastication and swallowing [12Sessle BJ. Factors Influencing the management of chronic orofacial pain and headache. J Oral Facial Pain Headache 2015; 29(3): 221-2.
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].

Aside from several jaw functions that were mentioned above, facial activities such as smiling and laughing, are the type of activities that manifested simultaneously with those jaw functions. These activities can be limited or impaired by the occurrence of orofacial pain [13Ohrbach R, Larsson P, List T. The jaw functional limitation scale: development, reliability, and validity of 8-item and 20-item versions. J Orofac Pain 2008; 22(3): 219-30.
[PMID: 18780535]
]. Based on the functional limitations that might be experienced by orofacial pain patients, a questionnaire that aimed at evaluating the jaw and facial activities limitation on orofacial pain patients was constructed. The current questionnaire is the first questionnaire that evaluates the difficulties of occlusion, speaking, mouth opening and closing, swallowing, lateral movement of the jaw, and facial function on all type of orofacial pain patients, while most previous evaluation tools were designed to evaluate the limitation of the jaw due to a specific orofacial disorder. The current study aimed to test the reliability and validity of the Jaw and Facial Activities Limitation (JFAL) Questionnaire as an evaluation tool for jaw and facial activities limitation on orofacial pain patients.

2. MATERIAL AND METHODS

In the current study 102 (33 males: 69females) patients that visited the Oral Surgery Outpatient Clinic - Unpad Dental Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia, with a minimum pain score of four [4Madland G, Newton-John T, Feinmann C. Chronic idiopathic orofacial pain: I: What is the evidence base? Br Dent J 2001; 191(1): 22-4.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.4801081] [PMID: 11491472]
] due to several orofacial pain conditions were recruited. Orofacial pain was quantified by using a Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). Before the start of the study, ethical clearance was gained from the UniversitasPadjadjaran Research Ethics Committee (ethical clearance number 1303/UN6.KEP/EC/2018). To confirm, every procedure and ethical aspect of the current research has been conducted in full accordance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and that all participants gave written consent for their participation in the current study. Therefore, all participants signed informed consent before the start of the study.

2.1. Sample Selection

As there are no standardized rules for sample size calculation for questionnaire validation [14Osborne JW, Costello AB. Sample size and subject to item ratio in principal components analysis. Pract Assess, Res Eval 2004; 9(11): 1-9.], the authors calculated the sample size based on some references from previous studies [14Osborne JW, Costello AB. Sample size and subject to item ratio in principal components analysis. Pract Assess, Res Eval 2004; 9(11): 1-9.-16Pedhazur RJ. Multiple Regression in Behavioral Research: Explanation and Prediction 1997.]. Previous studies variously employed the 5 to 1 comparison (5 patients should be recruited for each question being validated), the 15 to 1 comparison, and the 30 to 1 comparison. In the current study, the 15 to 1 comparison was implemented. As for the type of patients recruited for the current study, the inclusion criteria were: patients that aged between 18 to 45 years old; the patient was experiencing orofacial pain at the time of data collection (minimum NRS score: 4); the patient had no communication problem(as the data collection was in the form of an interview).

The types of orofacial pain conditions included in the current study were trigeminal neuralgia, atypical odontalgia, myofascial pain of the masticatory muscle, acute irreversible pulpitis pain, orofacial pain due to periapical abscess, orofacial pain due to oromaxillofacial trauma, orofacial pain due to temporomandibular disorders (TMD), and periodontal pain. There were no specific criteria for the type of orofacial pain conditions included in the current study. These are the conditions that were encountered during the period of this study.

2.2. Data Collection

One interviewer (Dentist) interviewed all participants by using the questionnaire. The interview was conducted when the participant was sitting on the dental chair after receiving their final diagnosis and before the start of their treatment. Every dental chair in our outpatient clinic is located in a separate cubicle in order to provide comfort and privacy for our patients. In order to prevent the participants from providing information that might falsely benefit the validation process, prior to the interview, the participants: were given comprehensive information about the aim of the current study including the possible implication of the questionnaire in the treatment planning of orofacial pain patients in the future; were asked to give an honest and accurate response regarding their pain level as well as the amount of limitation of their jaw activity as their response will be used as scientific information for composing the treatment planning for future orofacial pain patients, and therefore, an inaccurate response might have future consequences; were informed that as long as it is relevant there were no “correct” or “incorrect” answer when answering the questions in the questionnaire; were informed that their involvement and response in the study would not affect their current treatment. During data collection, the interviewer was supervised by one of the senior authors to ensure that the interviewer gave the correct information to the participants and did not lead the participants in a certain direction when answering the question.

2.3. Questionnaire

As mentioned above, based on previous studies, there were several specific jaw and facial activities that were limited or impaired on orofacial pain patients. Therefore, to identify as well as evaluate the difficulties experienced by orofacial pain patients in performing those functions, a short questionnaire was constructed. The questionnaire consists of six questions that evaluated several jaw functional activities and one question that evaluated facial activity. The questions of the newly constructed questionnaire can be viewed in Fig. (1). Each question was provided with a Likert-type scale of answers, which were: “not at all”, “a little bit”, “moderately”, and “a lot”. An answer of “not at all” was then scored as “0”, “a little bit” was scored as 1, “moderately” was scored as 2, and “a lot” was scored as 3. Therefore, a higher score of the questionnaire indicates more jaw and facial activitylimitations.

2.4. Validity Test

Validity is defined as “the extent to which (a test) measures what it is intended to measure” [17Gregory RJ. Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications 1992., 18Bajpai S, Bajpai R. Goodness of measurement: Reliability and validity. Int J Med ESci Public Health 2014; 3(2): 112-5.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.5455/ijmsph.2013.191120133]
]. In the current study, validity was obtained by performing the face validity (that involved four experts from related fields) and construct validity (the Pearson correlation analysis) [19Sullivan GM, Artino AR Jr. Analyzing and interpreting data from likert-type scales. J Grad Med Educ 2013; 5(4): 541-2.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.4300/JGME-5-4-18] [PMID: 24454995]
, 20Murray J. Likert Data: What to use, parametric or non-parametric? Int J Bus Soc Sci 2013; 4(11): 258-64.]. Further elaborations concerning the face validity can be viewed in the Discussion section. As for construct validity, it was obtained by comparing the obtained r-value of each question(from the Pearson correlation analysis) to the r-table product-moment. The determination of the r table (product-moment) value was based on the number of participants (n=102) and the significance of the p-value (p<0.01). The r table value was then set at 0.230. Once the Pearson correlation test was conducted, the r-value for each question was obtained. The authors then compared the obtained r-value for each question to the r table value. If the obtained r-value was higher than the r table value, then the question was considered to be valid.

Fig. (1)
Jaw and facial activities limitation questionnaire for orofacial pain patients.


2.5. Reliability Test

Internal consistency (which is one of the variables of reliability), is defined as the ability of an instrument to measure consistently [21Tavakol M, Dennick R. Making sense of Cronbach’s alpha. Int J Med Educ 2011; 2: 53-5.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.5116/ijme.4dfb.8dfd] [PMID: 28029643]
]. In this study, internal consistency was measured by calculating the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, which has been used in many previous studies and has been well-acknowledged as a valid measurement to measure internal consistency [22Taber KS. The use of Cronbach’s alpha when developing and reporting research instruments in science education. Res Sci Educ 2016; 2017: 1-24.-24Ngamkham S, Vincent C, Finnegan L, Holden JE, Wang ZJ, Wilkie DJ. The McGill Pain Questionnaire as a multidimensional measure in people with cancer: an integrative review. Pain Manag Nurs 2012; 13(1): 27-51.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2010.12.003] [PMID: 22341138]
]. Cronbach’s alpha was first introduced by Lee Cronbach (1951) in an attempt to provide a valid measurement method to measure internal consistency. The value of Cronbach’s alpha ranged from 0 to 1. The result is a description of the extent to which all items in the questionnaire measure the same concept [21Tavakol M, Dennick R. Making sense of Cronbach’s alpha. Int J Med Educ 2011; 2: 53-5.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.5116/ijme.4dfb.8dfd] [PMID: 28029643]
]. In the current study, once the data was tabulated, Cronbach’s alpha was measured by analyzing question 1 to question 7 by using the inter-item correlation analysis. The description of each item, as well as the scale was included in the analysis. Once the Cronbach’s alpha value was obtained, it was interpreted. The closer the value to 1, the greater the reliability is.

2.6. Additional Measurements

The current study also measured the participant’s pain level by using the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) for pain measurement. This NRS for pain measurement is a scale that consists of numbers between 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain possible). Participants were asked to mention a certain number (between 0 to 10) that represented their pain level at the time of the interview. Measurement of the mouth opening was also conducted by using the Alma bite gauge. The participant was asked to open their mouth to a certain position where no pain was experienced, and a vertical distance between the upper incisor and the lower incisor was measured.

3. RESULTS

Participants recruited in the current study aged between 18 to 45 years old (mean age: 28.39; SD: 8.23) that consisted of 33 male participants and 69 female participants. The evaluation of the current questionnaire involved 102 participants with different orofacial pain conditions. The pain level, as well as the mouth opening level of the participants, were also recorded. The demographical, as well as clinical characteristics, are displayed in Table 1.

All participants responded to the questions in the questionnaire. The data of the participants’ responses can be viewed in Fig. (2).

The validity testing of the current questionnaire revealed that all questions were proven to be valid Table 2 and significantly correlated (p< 0.01).

It was also revealed that question number 3 showed the highest average score, indicating that for patients with pain due to periapical abscess, the difficulty level to open the mouth was higher compared to other jaw functional activities. As for internal consistency, the reliability test of the questionnaire gave a Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of 0.80, indicating the high reliability of the questionnaire. Additional descriptive analysis to see the mean score for each question Table 2 as well as the distribution of participants based on the answers provided, can be viewed in Table 3. From the last table, it can be concluded that the activities that were most likely to be highly limited based on the participants’ answer was mouth opening (39.2% participant answered their limitation level was moderate to a lot) and smiling (30.3% participant answered their limitation level was moderate to a lot).

Table 1
Distribution of participants based on its demographical and clinical characteristics.


Table 2
r values and p values for the Pearson correlation and mean score for every question of the questionnaire.


Table 3
Distribution of participant answers based on the Likert-type scale of the questionnaire.


Fig. (2)
Distribution of participants based on the response to thequestions in the questionnaire.


4. DISCUSSION

As previously mentioned, orofacial pain is known for its impact on several jaw activities as well as facial activity, namely smiling. It is, therefore, an evaluation of the impact that it has on these functions has become an important part of the management of orofacial pain. Aside from the current questionnaire, there are several evaluation toolsthat have been used the most,to evaluate the limitation of the jaw due to oral disorder, namely the Jaw Function Limitation Scale (JFLS), the Mandibular Function Impairment Questionnaire (MFIQ), the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD) functional limitation checklist, and the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP) [13Ohrbach R, Larsson P, List T. The jaw functional limitation scale: development, reliability, and validity of 8-item and 20-item versions. J Orofac Pain 2008; 22(3): 219-30.
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[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2842.2010.02121.x] [PMID: 20663019]
]. Yet, none of these evaluation tools evaluate the difficulties of occlusion as well as the lateral movement of the jaw along with the other jaw basic functions. It is also important to note that most of the evaluation tools mentioned above (aside from the JFLS) are intended to evaluate the limitation of the jaw due to a specific orofacial disorder [13Ohrbach R, Larsson P, List T. The jaw functional limitation scale: development, reliability, and validity of 8-item and 20-item versions. J Orofac Pain 2008; 22(3): 219-30.
[PMID: 18780535]
]. It is, therefore, in our opinion, would be of benefit to compose a simple-yet representative self-reported questionnaire that can be used generally for all types of orofacial pain.

In the current study, the validity and reliability of the questionnaire that was composed to evaluate the difficulty experienced by orofacial pain patients when performing several jaw functions and one facial function namely smiling due to the pain experienced by the patient, were tested. As known, there are several types of validity, which are face validity, content validity, construct validity, and criterion validity [23Kolokythas A, Connelly ST, Schmidt BL. Validation of the University of California San Francisco Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire. J Pain 2007; 8(12): 950-3.
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]. In the current study, the face validity of the questionnaire was evaluated by four experts. The first expert was a specialist in the field of prosthodontics (TS), the second expert was a certified psychologist and researcher (ST), the third expert was a certified oral physiologist (RW), and the last one is an expert in the field of orofacial pain (TM). All experts discussed, selected, and evaluated every question contained in the questionnaire.

With regard to construct validity, as it is the only validity that can be tested statistically, we tested the construct validity of the questionnaire by using the Pearson correlation. The usage of the Pearson correlation for measuring the construct validity of a Likert scale questionnaire has been well documented in previous studies [20Murray J. Likert Data: What to use, parametric or non-parametric? Int J Bus Soc Sci 2013; 4(11): 258-64., 30Liang Y, Lau PWC, Huang WY, Maddison R, Baranowski T. Validity and reliability of questionnaires measuring physical activity self-efficacy, enjoyment, social support among Hong Kong Chinese children. Prev Med Rep 2014; 1: 48-52.
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]. In a literature study by Norman (2010) about the selection of the appropriate statistical measure for a questionnaire or another evaluation tool that has a Likert scale type of answer, the reasoning for using Pearson correlation as a measurement method for Likert scale type of questionnaire was fairly discussed. It was concluded and stated that there was no significant difference found between the Pearson correlation and the Spearman correlation when it comes to validity measurement and that the two measurements yielded identical values. The Pearson correlation is considered to be extremely robust, regarding assumption violation [32Norman G. Likert scales, levels of measurement and the “laws” of statistics. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract 2010; 15(5): 625-32.
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]. Concerning the usage of the Likert scale in the current study, the usage of this particular scale in the questionnaire is considered to be appropriate as the Likert scale is considered to be more reliable when used in literate subjects. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the adult literacy rate in Indonesia as per 2018 is 95.7% [33UNESCO. Indonesia - Education and Literacy: UNESCO Institute for Statistic. 2020. Available from: http://uis.unesco.org/en/country/id], which means, the usage of the Likert scale in the current questionnaire is of appropriate.

As for internal consistency, the results of the current study showed a high Cronbach’s alpha value. In internal consistency, the higher the score, the more related the items contained in the evaluation tool. Yet, it is important to note that a high Cronbach’s alpha value is not necessarily an indication of high internal consistency. This is because Cronbach’s alpha value is also affected by the length of the questionnaire. If the questionnaire is short or not long enough, then Cronbach’s alpha value will decrease [21Tavakol M, Dennick R. Making sense of Cronbach’s alpha. Int J Med Educ 2011; 2: 53-5.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.5116/ijme.4dfb.8dfd] [PMID: 28029643]
]. In regards to Cronbach’s alpha value, it is worthy to note that for a newly developed scale or questionnaire, the minimum value of Cronbach’s alpha that can be considered as acceptable is 0.70, while a value that lies between 0.70 and 0.90 is considered as good [34Körner M, Wirtz MA. Development and psychometric properties of a scale for measuring internal participation from a patient and health care professional perspective. BMC Health Serv Res 2013; 13: 374.
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].

The usage of Cronbach’s alpha as an indicator of the internal consistency or reliability of an evaluation tool has also been documented in previous studies, including those of pain studies [23Kolokythas A, Connelly ST, Schmidt BL. Validation of the University of California San Francisco Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire. J Pain 2007; 8(12): 950-3.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2007.06.012] [PMID: 17686656]
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]. In a study about the pain experienced by oral cancer patients by using a custom made oral cancer pain questionnaire, internal consistency was also calculated by measuring the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient [23Kolokythas A, Connelly ST, Schmidt BL. Validation of the University of California San Francisco Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire. J Pain 2007; 8(12): 950-3.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2007.06.012] [PMID: 17686656]
], indicating its common usage for describing internal consistency. Concerning the current questionnaire, the selection of Cronbach’s alpha as a reliability indicator is becausethe Cronbach’s alpha determines how all the questions or items in the evaluation tool relate to the other questions or items as well as to the total of the questions or items. Additionally, it is important to note that whenever a Likert-type scale is used, it is essential for the researcher to calculate internal consistency by using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient [37Croasmun JT, Ostrom L. Using LIkert-type scales in the social sciences. J Adult Educ 2011; 40(1): 19-22.]. Therefore, the usage of the Cronbach’s alpha value as the indicator of the reliability of the current questionnaire is considered to be appropriate and that internal consistency has been well-measured.

The next important aspect concerning questionnaire development as well as questionnaire validity and reliability testing is its applicability in daily practice. The current questionnaire, due to its simplicity, can be used by a general dental practitioner as well as an orofacial pain specialist to evaluate the degree of several jaw and facial functions in orofacial pain patients. This simplicity aspect is also considered to be an advantage for orofacial pain patients as it will be more convenient for patients to complete the questionnaire. And due to its generality, it can be used to evaluate functions limitation in all kinds of orofacial patients. It is hoped that by revealing the degree of these functions’ limitation, treatment planning will no longer focus on pain elimination alone, but also the restoration of those jaw and facial functions. In the future, a treatment plan that consists of a pharmacological approach, invasive procedure, as well asjaw and facial functions restoration, can be proposed. This more comprehensive treatment plan is expected to increase orofacial pain patients’ quality of life more immediately.

CONCLUSION

The validity, as well as reliability test performed on the jaw and facial activities questionnaire, confirmed its validity as well as reliability to be used as jaw and facial function’s evaluation tool of orofacial pain condition. This questionnaire is, therefore, can serve its role as an evaluation tool. Yet, as the questionnaire is intended to measure the difficulty in performing jaw functional activities as well as facial activities experienced by those who suffer from all types of orofacial pain, it is of importance to conduct further study in the future that evaluates these difficulties in other orofacial pain condition.

ETHICS APPROVAL AND CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

Ethics approval was gained from the Universitas Padjadjaran Research Ethics Committee (ethical clearance number 1303/UN6.KEP/EC/2018). All participants signed informed consent prior to the start of the study.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS

No animals were used in this research. All research procedures on humans were followed in accordance with the ethical standards of the committee responsible for human experimentation (institutional and national), and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (http://www.wma.net/en/20activities/10ethics/10helsinki/).

CONSENT FOR PUBLICATION

All participants signed an informed consent regarding their participation in the study and their agreement regarding the publication of the data gained in the current study.

AVAILABILITY OF DATA AND MATERIALS

The data supporting the findings of the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

FUNDING

The current study was funded by Universitas Padjadjaran through the Riset Fundamental Unpad (RFU) research scheme.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors declare no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors would like to express our sincere gratitude to the experts who were involved in the process of evaluating the face validity, Dr. TaufikSumarsongko, Dr. RosilawatiWihardja, and Dr.SunggoroTrihardjo for their valuable contribution.

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