Health Measurement Scales: A practical guide to their development and use

Health Measurement Scales: A practical guide to their development and use

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Clinicians and those in health sciences are frequently called upon to measure subjective states such as attitudes, feelings, quality of life, educational achievement and aptitude, and learning style in their patients. This fifth edition of Health Measurement Scales enables these groups to both develop scales to measure non-tangible health outcomes, and better evaluate and differentiate between existing tools. Health Measurement Scales is the ultimate guide to developing and validating measurement scales that are to be used in the health sciences. The book covers how the individual items are developed; various biases that can affect responses (e.g. social desirability, yea-saying, framing); various response options; how to select the best items in the set; how to combine them into a scale; and finally how to determine the reliability and validity of the scale. It concludes with a discussion of ethical issues that may be encountered, and guidelines for reporting the results of the scale development process. Appendices include a comprehensive guide to finding existing scales, and a brief introduction to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, making this book a must-read for any practitioner dealing with this kind of data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191508332
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

David Steiner is a clinical psychologist by training, and currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, both at McMaster University. David is a Senior Scientific Editor of Health Reports, and sits on the editorial boards of four other journals. He has written or edited 9 books, in the areas of statistics, epidemiology, public health, and measurement theory; and have published over 350 articles in these and other areas. David's main interests are quality of life in people with various medical conditions, scale development, research design, treatment of the homeless mentally ill, and woodworking.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Health Measurement Scales
2. Basic concepts
3. Devising the items
4. Scaling responses
5. Selecting the items
6. Biases in responding
7. From items to scales
8. Reliability
9. Generalizability theory
10. Validity
11. Measuring change
12. Item response theory
13. Methods of administration
14. Ethical considerations
15. Reporting test results
Appendix A: Where to find tests
Appendix B:A (very) brief introduction to factor analysis
Author Index
Subject Index

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