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Health Measurement ScalesA practical guide to their development and use$
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David L. Streiner and Geoffrey R. Norman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231881.001.0001

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Basic concepts

Basic concepts

Chapter:
(p.5) Chapter 2 Basic concepts
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Health Measurement Scales
Author(s):

David L. Streiner

Geoffrey R. Norman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231881.003.0002

This chapter gives a brief introduction to the concepts that will be discussed in greater depth in subsequent chapters. This provides the necessary skills to appraise critically existing scales without going into great detail. It also discusses the differences between categorical versus dimensional conceptualizations of behaviour; and between the ‘medical’ and psychometric approaches to reducing measurement error.

Keywords:   reliability, validity, measurement error, scales

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