Health Measurement ScalesA practical guide to their development and use

Health Measurement ScalesA practical guide to their development and use

David L. Streiner, Geoffrey R. Norman, and John Cairney

Print publication date: Nov 2014

ISBN: 9780199685219

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Health Measurement Scales is the ultimate online guide to developing and validating measurement scales that are to be used in the health sciences. It 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.