This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of instrumentation and measurement of health outcomes. The course concentrates on techniques and instruments most commonly utilized in outcomes research including measuring health status, quality of life, patient satisfaction, function and disability, and compliance/adherence. Methods of assessing reliability and validity of measures are emphasized.
Upon completion of the course students will:
1. Understand the basic techniques and approaches for assessing outcomes in health research.
2. Identify specific measurement tools and instruments relevant for assessing outcomes in various health domains.
3. Describe advantages and disadvantages of specific outcomes measurement techniques for relevant outcomes research purposes.
4. Understand and apply the principles of Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory.
5. Assess the psychometric properties of a health assessment scale.