DYSPHAGIA, vol.35, no.2, pp.328-333, 2020 (SCI-Expanded)
The Mastication Observation and Evaluation (MOE) instrument is an objective assessment of the chewing process in children. This study aimed to translate the MOE into Turkish and to test its reliability and validity in children with cerebral palsy (CP). A total of 53 children with CP and 27 typical children were included in the study. The MOE was translated from Dutch into Turkish by using the forward, backward, forward translation method. The internal consistency, intra- and inter-observer reliability, criterion, and discriminant validity of the Turkish version of the MOE (T-MOE) were investigated. Internal consistency was excellent with a Cronbach's alpha value of 0.98. The Intraclass correlation coefficient ranged from 0.89 to 0.97 for intra-rater reliability and from 0.86 to 0.94 for inter-rater reliability. The median score from Karaduman Chewing Performance Scale (KCPS) was 7 (min = 1, max = 8). All of the items in the T-MOE and the total T-MOE score had a negative and strong correlation with the KCPS score. Typical children without chewing disorders had greater T-MOE scores than the children with CP suffering from chewing disorders (p < 0.01). The T-MOE is a reliable and valid instrument for evaluating the observed oral motor behaviors of chewing function in children. It can be used in clinical practice and research. Clinical trial number: NCT03811353.