Health Measurement Scales by David L. Streiner,Geoffrey R. Norman,John Cairney

Health Measurement Scales
  • Title : Health Measurement Scales
  • Author : David L. Streiner,Geoffrey R. Norman,John Cairney
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199685215
  • Pages : 399
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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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.


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

Health Measurement Scales: A practical guide to their development and use
  • Title : Health Measurement Scales: A practical guide to their development and use
  • Author : Walter Bagehot
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 9780191578908
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A new edition of this practical guide for clinicians who are developing tools to measure subjective states, attitudes, or non-tangible outcomes in their patients, suitable for those who have no knowledge of statistics. - ;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 fourth edition of Health Measurement Scales enables these groups, who often have limited knowledge of statistics, to both develop scales to measure non-tangible health outcomes, and better evaluate and differentiate between existing tools. It covers how the individual items are developed; various biases that can affect responses (eg 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 then 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. It synthesizes the theory of scale construction with practical advice, making it the ultimate guide to how to develop and validate measurement scales that are to be used in the health sciences. -


Survey Scales by Robert L. Johnson,Grant B. Morgan

Survey Scales
  • Title : Survey Scales
  • Author : Robert L. Johnson,Grant B. Morgan
  • Publisher : Guilford Publications
  • ISBN Code : 1462526985
  • Pages : 269
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Synthesizing the literature from the survey and measurement fields, this book explains how to develop closed-response survey scales that will accurately capture such constructs as attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors. It provides guidelines to help applied researchers or graduate students review existing scales for possible adoption or adaptation in a study; create their own conceptual framework for a scale; write checklists, true-false variations, and Likert-style items; design response scales; examine validity and reliability; conduct a factor analysis; and document the instrument development and its technical quality. Advice is given on constructing tables and graphs to report survey scale results. Concepts and procedures are illustrated with "Not This/But This" examples from multiple disciplines. User-Friendly Features *End-of-chapter exercises with sample solutions, plus annotated suggestions for further reading. *"Not This/But This" examples of poorly written and strong survey items. *Chapter-opening overviews and within-chapter summaries. *Glossary of key concepts. *Appendix with examples of parametric and nonparametric procedures for group comparisons.


Measurement in Medicine by Henrica C. W. de Vet,Caroline B. Terwee,Lidwine B. Mokkink,Dirk L. Knol

Measurement in Medicine
  • Title : Measurement in Medicine
  • Author : Henrica C. W. de Vet,Caroline B. Terwee,Lidwine B. Mokkink,Dirk L. Knol
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1139497812
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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The success of the Apgar score demonstrates the astounding power of an appropriate clinical instrument. This down-to-earth book provides practical advice, underpinned by theoretical principles, on developing and evaluating measurement instruments in all fields of medicine. It equips you to choose the most appropriate instrument for specific purposes. The book covers measurement theories, methods and criteria for evaluating and selecting instruments. It provides methods to assess measurement properties, such as reliability, validity and responsiveness, and interpret the results. Worked examples and end-of-chapter assignments use real data and well-known instruments to build your skills at implementation and interpretation through hands-on analysis of real-life cases. All data and solutions are available online. This is a perfect course book for students and a perfect companion for professionals/researchers in the medical and health sciences who care about the quality and meaning of the measurements they perform.


PDQ Statistics by Geoffrey R. Norman,David L. Streiner

PDQ Statistics
  • Title : PDQ Statistics
  • Author : Geoffrey R. Norman,David L. Streiner
  • Publisher : Pmph Bc Decker
  • ISBN Code : 9781550090765
  • Pages : 188
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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PDQ Statistics is an overview of all major statistical methods, giving the reader a thorough understanding of statistics and how they are used in research articles. It covers the major categories - variable and descriptive statistics, parametic statistics, non-parametic statistics, and multivariate statistics. The explanations are clear, succinct, and include practical examples. Featuring unique examples, titled Convolted Reasoning or Anti-intellectual Pomposity Detectors (CRAP Detectors), the text helps the reader identify statistical analyses with basic flaws in design or research.


Scaling Up Health Service Delivery by Ruth Simmons,Peter Fajans,Laura Ghiron

Scaling Up Health Service Delivery
  • Title : Scaling Up Health Service Delivery
  • Author : Ruth Simmons,Peter Fajans,Laura Ghiron
  • Publisher : World Health Organization
  • ISBN Code : 9241563516
  • Pages : 183
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"The focus here is on ways to increase impact of health service innovations that have been tested in pilot or experimental projects so as to benefit more people and to foster policy and programme development on a lasting, sustainable basis." -- p.i Preface.


Measuring Health and Disability by World Health Organization

Measuring Health and Disability
  • Title : Measuring Health and Disability
  • Author : World Health Organization
  • Publisher : World Health Organization
  • ISBN Code : 9241547596
  • Pages : 90
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  • Language : English
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"The World Health Organisation had just published a generic assessment instrument to measure general health and disability levels: the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule, WHODAS 2.0. WHODAS 2.0 is based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). It was developed and tested internationally and is applicable in different cultures both in general populations and in clinical settings. It can be used as a general measure across all diseases. This manual is aimed at public health professionals, doctor, other health professionals (for example rehabilitation professionals, physical therapists and occupational therapists), health policy planners, social scientists and others involved in studies on disability and health." -- Publisher.


Monitoring Bathing Waters by Jamie Bartram,Gareth Rees

Monitoring Bathing Waters
  • Title : Monitoring Bathing Waters
  • Author : Jamie Bartram,Gareth Rees
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 1135920656
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book, which has been prepared by an international group of experts, provides comprehensive guidance for the design, planning and implementation of assessments and monitoring programmes for water bodies used for recreation. It addresses the wide range of hazards which may be encountered and emphasizes the importance of linking monitoring progra


Bipolar Disorder by Strakowski Stephen M

Bipolar Disorder
  • Title : Bipolar Disorder
  • Author : Strakowski Stephen M
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190908092
  • Pages : 320
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"Bipolar disorders are among the more common conditions affecting humankind and are, consequently, leading causes of disability worldwide. These illnesses are dynamic and complex, so that identifying them and then provide optimal management can be challenging. Because of this complexity, these conditions often comprise a disproportionate amount of most psychiatric practices, as specialty care that exceeds what can be delivered by other practitioners is often required. With these challenges in mind, we created this book to provide a comprehensive, readable review of these illnesses with chapters written by international experts in bipolar disorder"--


Sleep and Quality of Life in Clinical Medicine by Joris C. Verster,S. R. Pandi-Perumal,David L. Streiner

Sleep and Quality of Life in Clinical Medicine
  • Title : Sleep and Quality of Life in Clinical Medicine
  • Author : Joris C. Verster,S. R. Pandi-Perumal,David L. Streiner
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9781603273435
  • Pages : 534
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Many patients experience sleep disturbances secondary to their primary illness and this often has a negative effect on their quality of life. This book provides an evidence-based introduction to the interface between sleep wide range of medical disorders. A clinically focused, comprehensive review for physicians and other health providers, this state-of-the-art reference can also serve as a textbook for those who wish to become familiar with the impact of sleep on quality of life.


Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development by N.A

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • Title : Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
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Measuring Health by Ian McDowell

Measuring Health
  • Title : Measuring Health
  • Author : Ian McDowell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199725304
  • Pages : 768
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  • Language : English
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Worldwide economic constraints on health care systems have highlighted the importance of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based health policy. The resulting clinical trials and health services research studies require instruments to monitor the outcomes of care and the output of the health system. However, the over-abundance of competing measurement scales can make choosing a measure difficult at best. Measuring Health provides in-depth reviews of over 100 of the leading health measurement tools and serves as a guide for choosing among them.LNow in its third edition, this book provides a critical overview of the field of health measurement, with a technical introduction and discussion of the history and future directions for the field. This latest edition updates the information on each of the measures previously reviewed, and includes a complete new chapter on anxiety measurement to accompany the one on depression. It has also added new instruments to those previously reviewed in each of the chapters in the book.LChapters cover measurements of physical disability, social health, psychological well-being, anxiety, depression, mental status testing, pain, general health status and quality of life. Each chapter presents a tabular comparison of the quality of the instruments reviewed, followed by a detailed description of each method, covering its purpose and conceptual basis, its reliability and validity and, where possible, shows a copy of the actual scale. To ensure accuracy of the information, each review has been approved by the original author of each instrument or by an acknowledged expert.


Developing a Protocol for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research: A User's Guide by Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (U.S.)

Developing a Protocol for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research: A User's Guide
  • Title : Developing a Protocol for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research: A User's Guide
  • Author : Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (U.S.)
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • ISBN Code : 1587634236
  • Pages : 204
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This User’s Guide is a resource for investigators and stakeholders who develop and review observational comparative effectiveness research protocols. It explains how to (1) identify key considerations and best practices for research design; (2) build a protocol based on these standards and best practices; and (3) judge the adequacy and completeness of a protocol. Eleven chapters cover all aspects of research design, including: developing study objectives, defining and refining study questions, addressing the heterogeneity of treatment effect, characterizing exposure, selecting a comparator, defining and measuring outcomes, and identifying optimal data sources. Checklists of guidance and key considerations for protocols are provided at the end of each chapter. The User’s Guide was created by researchers affiliated with AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, particularly those who participated in AHRQ’s DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness) program. Chapters were subject to multiple internal and external independent reviews. More more information, please consult the Agency website: www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov)


Public Health Reports by N.A

Public Health Reports
  • Title : Public Health Reports
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Patient-Reported Outcomes by Joseph C. Cappelleri,Kelly H. Zou,Andrew G. Bushmakin,Jose Ma. J. Alvir,Demissie Alemayehu,Tara Symonds

Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Title : Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Author : Joseph C. Cappelleri,Kelly H. Zou,Andrew G. Bushmakin,Jose Ma. J. Alvir,Demissie Alemayehu,Tara Symonds
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 1439873674
  • Pages : 351
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Advancing the development, validation, and use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures, Patient-Reported Outcomes: Measurement, Implementation and Interpretation helps readers develop and enrich their understanding of PRO methodology, particularly from a quantitative perspective. Designed for biopharmaceutical researchers and others in the health sciences community, it provides an up-to-date volume on conceptual and analytical issues of PRO measures. The book discusses key concepts relating to the measurement, implementation, and interpretation of PRO measures. It covers both introductory and advanced psychometric and biostatistical methods for constructing and analyzing PRO measures. The authors include many relevant real-life applications based on their extensive first-hand experiences in the pharmaceutical industry. They implement a wealth of simulated datasets to illustrate concepts and heighten understanding based on practical scenarios. For readers interested in conducting statistical analyses of PRO measures and delving more deeply into the analytic details, most chapters contain SAS code and output that illustrate the methodology. Along with providing numerous references, the book highlights current regulatory guidelines.


Scale Development by Robert F. DeVellis

Scale Development
  • Title : Scale Development
  • Author : Robert F. DeVellis
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • ISBN Code : 1506341586
  • Pages : 280
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  • Language : English
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In the Fourth Edition of Scale Development, Robert F. DeVellis demystifies measurement by emphasizing a logical rather than strictly mathematical understanding of concepts. The text supports readers in comprehending newer approaches to measurement, comparing them to classical approaches, and grasping more clearly the relative merits of each. This edition addresses new topics pertinent to modern measurement approaches and includes additional exercises and topics for class discussion.


Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services by Duane R. Monette,Thomas J. Sullivan,Cornell R. DeJong

Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services
  • Title : Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services
  • Author : Duane R. Monette,Thomas J. Sullivan,Cornell R. DeJong
  • Publisher : Cengage Learning
  • ISBN Code : 1285605721
  • Pages : 592
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Presenting social science research methods within the context of human service practice, APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH is the ideal text for courses focused on applied research in human services, counseling, social work, sociology, criminal justice, and community planning. With in-depth coverage of all the topics taught in traditional social science research methods courses, APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH brings the subject to life by showing how research is increasingly used in practice today. In addition, this fully updated edition includes a thought-provoking Eye on Ethics feature and new and revised Research in Practice vignettes. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.


Being an Evaluator by Donna R. Podems

Being an Evaluator
  • Title : Being an Evaluator
  • Author : Donna R. Podems
  • Publisher : Guilford Publications
  • ISBN Code : 1462537804
  • Pages : 362
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  • Language : English
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Demystifying the evaluation journey, this is the first evaluation mentoring book that addresses the choices, roles, and challenges that evaluators must navigate in the real world. Experienced evaluator and trainer Donna R. Podems covers both conceptual and technical aspects of practice in a friendly, conversational style. She focuses not just on how to do evaluations but how to think like an evaluator, fostering reflective, ethical, and culturally sensitive practice. Extensive case examples illustrate the process of conceptualizing and implementing an evaluation--clarifying interventions, identifying beneficiaries, gathering data, discussing results, valuing, and developing recommendations. The differences (and connections) between research, evaluation, and monitoring are explored. Handy icons identify instructive features including self-study exercises, group activities, clarifying questions, facilitation and negotiation techniques, insider tips, advice, and resources. Purchasers can access a companion website to download and print reproducible materials for some of the activities and games described in the book.


OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being by OECD

OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being
  • Title : OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being
  • Author : OECD
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 9264191658
  • Pages : 290
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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These Guidelines represent the first attempt to provide international recommendations on collecting, publishing, and analysing subjective well-being data.


Handbook on Health Inequality Monitoring by World Health Organization

Handbook on Health Inequality Monitoring
  • Title : Handbook on Health Inequality Monitoring
  • Author : World Health Organization
  • Publisher : World Health Organization
  • ISBN Code : 9241548630
  • Pages : 105
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  • Language : English
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Monitoring health inequality is a practice that fosters accountability and continuous improvement within health systems. The cycle of health inequality monitoring helps to identify and track health differences between subgroups, providing evidence and feedback to strengthen equity-oriented policies, programs and practices. Through inequality monitoring and the use of disaggregated data, countries gain insight into how health is distributed in the population, looking beyond what is indicated by national averages. Data about health inequalities underlie health interventions that aim to reach vulnerable populations. Furthermore, they constitute an evidence base to inform and promote equity-oriented health initiatives, including the movement towards equitable universal health coverage. This Handbookis a user-friendly resource developed to help countries establish and strengthen health inequality monitoring practices. The handbook elaborates on the steps of health inequality monitoring, including selecting relevant health indicators and equity stratifiers, obtaining data, analyzing data, reporting results and implementing changes. Throughout the handbook, examples from low- and middle-income countries are presented to illustrate how concepts are relevant and applied in real-world situations; informative text boxes provide the context to better understand the complexities of the subject. The final section of the handbook presents an expanded example of national-level health inequality monitoring of reproductive, maternal and child health.


Handbook of Metrics for Research in Operations Management by Aleda V. Roth

Handbook of Metrics for Research in Operations Management
  • Title : Handbook of Metrics for Research in Operations Management
  • Author : Aleda V. Roth
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 1412954517
  • Pages : 764
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  • Language : English
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Rating Scales in Mental Health by Martha Sajatovic,Luis F. Ramirez

Rating Scales in Mental Health
  • Title : Rating Scales in Mental Health
  • Author : Martha Sajatovic,Luis F. Ramirez
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • ISBN Code : 1421406667
  • Pages : 502
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Rating Scales in Mental Health is ideal for mental health clinicians and researchers who use psychometric instruments in their practice. The updated edition of this highly regarded compendium describes and analyzes 116 scales arranged in 20 categories, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, geriatrics, psychosis, sexual disorders, substance abuse, and suicide risk. Material on each rating scale consists of • an overview • general applications • selected psychometric properties • references and copyright information • time needed to complete scale • a representative study Samples of many scales are included, as are tables in a quick-reference format.


Water Quality Assessments by Deborah V Chapman

Water Quality Assessments
  • Title : Water Quality Assessments
  • Author : Deborah V Chapman
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 0419215905
  • Pages : 648
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  • Language : English
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This guidebook, now thoroughly updated and revised in its second edition, gives comprehensive advice on the designing and setting up of monitoring programmes for the purpose of providing valid data for water quality assessments in all types of freshwater bodies. It is clearly and concisely written in order to provide the essential information for all agencies and individuals responsible for the water quality.


Measurement in Nursing and Health Research by Dr. Carolyn F. Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN,Dr. Ora Lea Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN,Dr. Elizabeth R. Lenz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Measurement in Nursing and Health Research
  • Title : Measurement in Nursing and Health Research
  • Author : Dr. Carolyn F. Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN,Dr. Ora Lea Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN,Dr. Elizabeth R. Lenz, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Publisher : Springer Publishing Company
  • ISBN Code : 9780826105080
  • Pages : 504
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  • Language : English
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Designated a Doody's Core Title! "This is a valuable resource for readers seeking basic to advanced information on measurement. It should be on the bookshelf of all researchers, and a requirement for graduate nursing students."Score: 100, 5 stars--Doody's Medical Reviews "...this book is a wonderful shelf reference for nurse researcher mentors and investigators who may need to explore content or use content to design, test, select, and evaluate instruments and methods used in measuring nurse concepts and outcomes."--Clinical Nurse Specialist This fourth edition presents everything nurses and health researchers need to know about designing, testing, selecting, and evaluating instruments and methods for measuring in nursing. Thoroughly updated, this fourth edition now contains only the latest, most cutting-edge measurement instruments that have direct applicability for nurses and health researchers in a variety of roles, including students, clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, and consultants. Using clear and accessible language, the authors explain in detail, and illustrate by example, how to conduct sound measurement practices that have been adequately tested for reliability and validity. This edition is enriched with topics on the leading edge of nursing and health care research, such as measurement in the digital world, biomedical instrumentation, new clinical data collection methods, and methods for measuring quality of care. Key features: Provides new and emerging strategies for testing the validity of specific measures Discusses computer-based testing: the use of Internet research and data collection Investigates methods for measuring physiological variables using biomedical instrumentation Includes information on measurement practices in clinical research, focusing on clinical data collection methods, such as clinimetrics Identifies the challenges of measuring quality of care and how to address them


Social Determinants of Health by WHO Healthy Cities Project

Social Determinants of Health
  • Title : Social Determinants of Health
  • Author : WHO Healthy Cities Project
  • Publisher : World Health Organization
  • ISBN Code : 9289013710
  • Pages : 31
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  • Language : English
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Poorer people live shorter lives and suffer higher levels of ill health than the more affluent in society, and this disparity highlights the sensitivity of human health to socio-economic factors. This booklet examines this social gradient in health and explains how psychological and social influences affect physical health and longevity. It also considers the role of public policy in promoting a social environment that is more conducive to better health. Topics discussed include: stress, early childhood health, social exclusion, work, unemployment and job insecurity, social support networks, the effects of alcohol and other drug addictions, food and nutrition, and healthier transport systems.


The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety by Dr. Charles Vincent,Susan Burnett,Jane Carthey

The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety
  • Title : The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety
  • Author : Dr. Charles Vincent,Susan Burnett,Jane Carthey
  • Publisher : The Health Foundation
  • ISBN Code : 1906461449
  • Pages : 79
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  • Language : English
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Moving Ahead with REDD: Issues, Options and Implications by Arild Angelsen

Moving Ahead with REDD: Issues, Options and Implications
  • Title : Moving Ahead with REDD: Issues, Options and Implications
  • Author : Arild Angelsen
  • Publisher : CIFOR
  • ISBN Code : 9791412766
  • Pages : 156
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  • Language : English
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Healthcare Public Health by Martin Gulliford,Edmund Jessop,Honorary Professor of Public Health Edmund Jessop

Healthcare Public Health
  • Title : Healthcare Public Health
  • Author : Martin Gulliford,Edmund Jessop,Honorary Professor of Public Health Edmund Jessop
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198837208
  • Pages : 240
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  • Language : English
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Healthcare public health is concerned with the application of population sciences to the design, organisation, and delivery of healthcare services, with the ultimate aim of improving population health. This book provides an introduction to the methods and subject matter of healthcare public health, bringing together coverage of all the key areas in a single volume. Topics include healthcare needs assessment; access to healthcare; knowledge management; ethical issues; involving patients and the public; population screening; health promotion and disease prevention; new service model; programme budgeting and preparing a business case; evaluation and outcomes; patient safety, and implementation and improvement sciences; and healthcare in remote and resource-poor regions. Drawing on international as well as national perspectives, this volume will be relevant wherever healthcare is delivered. It will enable students, researchers, academics, practitioners, and policy-makers to contribute to the goals of designing and delivering health services that improve population health, reduce inequalities, and meet the needs of individuals and communities.


Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/AHRQ

Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes
  • Title : Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes
  • Author : Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/AHRQ
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • ISBN Code : 1587634333
  • Pages : 356
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This User’s Guide is intended to support the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, and quality evaluation of registries created to increase understanding of patient outcomes. For the purposes of this guide, a patient registry is an organized system that uses observational study methods to collect uniform data (clinical and other) to evaluate specified outcomes for a population defined by a particular disease, condition, or exposure, and that serves one or more predetermined scientific, clinical, or policy purposes. A registry database is a file (or files) derived from the registry. Although registries can serve many purposes, this guide focuses on registries created for one or more of the following purposes: to describe the natural history of disease, to determine clinical effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of health care products and services, to measure or monitor safety and harm, and/or to measure quality of care. Registries are classified according to how their populations are defined. For example, product registries include patients who have been exposed to biopharmaceutical products or medical devices. Health services registries consist of patients who have had a common procedure, clinical encounter, or hospitalization. Disease or condition registries are defined by patients having the same diagnosis, such as cystic fibrosis or heart failure. The User’s Guide was created by researchers affiliated with AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, particularly those who participated in AHRQ’s DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness) program. Chapters were subject to multiple internal and external independent reviews.


Biostatistics by Geoffrey R. Norman,David L. Streiner

Biostatistics
  • Title : Biostatistics
  • Author : Geoffrey R. Norman,David L. Streiner
  • Publisher : PMPH USA
  • ISBN Code : 1607951789
  • Pages : 438
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This new edition of Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials continues the tradition of translating biostatistics in the health sciences literature with clarity and irreverence. Students and practitioners alike applaud Biostatistics as a practical guide that exposes them to every statistical test they are likely to encounter, with careful conceptual explanations and a minimum of algebra. What's New? The previous edition of Bare Essentials presented hierarchical linear modeling, which first appeared in psychology journals and has only recently been described in the medical literature. The 3rd edition also introduced a chapter on testing for equivalence and non-inferiority as well as a chapter with information for getting started with the computer statistics program SPSS. A very positive review of the 3rd edition of the book by Dr. Naomi Vaisrub appeared in JAMA which praised the book but recommended covering topics in epidemiology, so in the 4th edition the authors took her up on it. They've also included an entirely new chapter, called "Measures of Impact," in which they discuss measures of incidence and prevalence, risk, morbidity and fatality rates, and the number needed to treat. They also delve into the Poisson distribution for doing regressions on count data. Likewise, the reader will find new sections on robust estimators of the mean, the problems of multiple hypothesis testing, bootstrapping and resampling, as well as an expanded section on nonparametric stats. Free of calculations and jargon, Bare Essentials speaks so plainly that you won't need a technical dictionary. The focus is on the concepts, not the math. The objective is to enable you to determine whether the research results are applicable to your own patients. Throughout, you'll find highlights of areas in which researchers misuse or misinterpret statistical tests. The authors have labeled these "C.R.A.P. Detectors" (Convoluted Reasoning and Anti-Intellectual Pomposity), and they help you identify faulty methodology and misuse of statistics.


Advancing Health Literacy by Christina Zarcadoolas,Andrew Pleasant,David S. Greer

Advancing Health Literacy
  • Title : Advancing Health Literacy
  • Author : Christina Zarcadoolas,Andrew Pleasant,David S. Greer
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 1118429745
  • Pages : 396
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Advancing Health Literacy addresses the crisis in health literacy in the United States and around the world. This book thoroughly examines the critical role of literacy in public health and outlines a practical, effective model that bridges the gap between health education, health promotion, and health communication. Step by step, the authors outline the theory and practice of health literacy from a public health perspective. This comprehensive resource includes the history of health literacy, theoretical foundations of health and language literacy, the role of the media, a series of case studies on important topics including prenatal care, anthrax, HIV/AIDS, genomics, and diabetes. The book concludes with a series of practical guidelines for the development and assessment of health communications materials. Also included are essential techniques needed to help people make informed decisions, advocate for themselves and their community, mitigate risk, and live healthier lives.


Ten Steps to a Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation System by Jody Zall Kusek,Ray C. Rist

Ten Steps to a Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation System
  • Title : Ten Steps to a Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation System
  • Author : Jody Zall Kusek,Ray C. Rist
  • Publisher : World Bank Publications
  • ISBN Code : 9780821382899
  • Pages : 248
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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An effective state is essential to achieving socio-economic and sustainable development. With the advent of globalization, there are growing pressures on governments and organizations around the world to be more responsive to the demands of internal and external stakeholders for good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness, and delivery of tangible results. Governments, parliaments, citizens, the private sector, NGOs, civil society, international organizations and donors are among the stakeholders interested in better performance. As demands for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced results-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects. This Handbook provides a comprehensive ten-step model that will help guide development practitioners through the process of designing and building a results-based monitoring and evaluation system. These steps begin with a OC Readiness AssessmentOCO and take the practitioner through the design, management, and importantly, the sustainability of such systems. The Handbook describes each step in detail, the tasks needed to complete each one, and the tools available to help along the way."


Measuring User Engagement by Mounia Lalmas,Heather O'Brien,Elad Yom-Tov

Measuring User Engagement
  • Title : Measuring User Engagement
  • Author : Mounia Lalmas,Heather O'Brien,Elad Yom-Tov
  • Publisher : Morgan & Claypool
  • ISBN Code : 9781627052610
  • Pages : 134
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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User engagement refers to the quality of the user experience that emphasizes the positive aspects of interacting with an online application and, in particular, the desire to use that application longer and repeatedly. User engagement is a key concept in the design of online applications (whether for desktop, tablet or mobile), motivated by the observation that successful applications are not just used, but are engaged with. Users invest time, attention, and emotion in their use of technology, and seek to satisfy pragmatic and hedonic needs. Measurement is critical for evaluating whether online applications are able to successfully engage users, and may inform the design of and use of applications. User engagement is a multifaceted, complex phenomenon; this gives rise to a number of potential measurement approaches. Common ways to evaluate user engagement include using self-report measures, e.g., questionnaires; observational methods, e.g. facial expression analysis, speech analysis; neuro-physiological signal processing methods, e.g., respiratory and cardiovascular accelerations and decelerations, muscle spasms; and web analytics, e.g., number of site visits, click depth. These methods represent various trade-offs in terms of the setting (laboratory versus in the wild''), object of measurement (user behaviour, affect or cognition) and scale of data collected. For instance, small-scale user studies are deep and rich, but limited in terms of generalizability, whereas large-scale web analytic studies are powerful but negate users' motivation and context. The focus of this book is how user engagement is currently being measured and various considerations for its measurement. Our goal is to leave readers with an appreciation of the various ways in which to measure user engagement, and their associated strengths and weaknesses. We emphasize the multifaceted nature of user engagement and the unique contextual constraints that come to bear upon attempts to measure engagement in different settings, and across different user groups and web domains. At the same time, this book advocates for the development of good'' measures and good measurement practices that will advance the study of user engagement and improve our understanding of this construct, which has become so vital in our wired world. Table of Contents: Preface / Acknowledgments / Introduction and Scope / Approaches Based on Self-Report Methods / Approaches Based on Physiological Measurements / Approaches Based on Web Analytics / Beyond Desktop, Single Site, and Single Task / Enhancing the Rigor of User Engagement Methods and Measures / Conclusions and Future Research Directions / Bibliography / Authors' Biographies / Index


Water Quality Monitoring by Jamie Bartram,Richard Ballance

Water Quality Monitoring
  • Title : Water Quality Monitoring
  • Author : Jamie Bartram,Richard Ballance
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • ISBN Code : 0203476794
  • Pages : 396
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Water quality monitoring is a fundamental tool in the management of freshwater resources, and this book covers the entire monitoring process providing detailed guidance for implementing a monitoring network with step-by-step descriptions of field and laboratory methods.


Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide by OECD,European Union,Joint Research Centre - European Commission

Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide
  • Title : Handbook on Constructing Composite Indicators: Methodology and User Guide
  • Author : OECD,European Union,Joint Research Centre - European Commission
  • Publisher : OECD Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 9264043462
  • Pages : 162
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A guide for constructing and using composite indicators for policy makers, academics, the media and other interested parties. In particular, this handbook is concerned with indicators which compare and rank country performance.


Practical Guide to Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation by Helena Knotkova,Michael A. Nitsche,Marom Bikson,Adam J. Woods

Practical Guide to Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • Title : Practical Guide to Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • Author : Helena Knotkova,Michael A. Nitsche,Marom Bikson,Adam J. Woods
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3319959484
  • Pages : 651
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book provides a comprehensive overview on Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and the clinical applications of this promising technique. Separated into three parts, the book begins with basic principles, mechanisms and approaches of tDCS. This is followed by a step-by-step practicum, methodological considerations and ethics and professional conduct pertaining to this novel technique. Chapters are authored by renowned experts who also direct and plan tDCS educational events worldwide. Bridging the existing gap in instructional materials for tDCS while addressing growing interest in education in this field, professionals within a broad range of medical disciplines will find this text to be an invaluable guide.


Essentials of Business Research Methods by Joseph F. Hair

Essentials of Business Research Methods
  • Title : Essentials of Business Research Methods
  • Author : Joseph F. Hair
  • Publisher : M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN Code : 0765630656
  • Pages : 576
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Managers increasingly must make decisions based on almost unlimited information. How can they navigate and organize this vast amount of data? Essentials of Business Research Methods provides research techniques for people who aren't data analysts. The authors offer a straightforward, hands-on approach to the vital managerial process of gathering and using data to make clear business decisions. They include such critical topics as the increasing role of online research, ethical issues, data mining, customer relationship management, and how to conduct information-gathering activities more effectively in a rapidly changing business environment. This is the only such book that includes a chapter on qualitative data analysis, and the coverage of quantitative data analysis is more extensive and much easier to understand than in other works. The book features a realistic continuing case throughout the text that enables students to see how business research information is used in the real world. It includes applied research examples in all chapters, as well as Ethical Dilemma mini - cases, and interactive Internet applications and exercises.


International Handbook of Health Literacy by Okan, Orkan,Bauer, Ullrich

International Handbook of Health Literacy
  • Title : International Handbook of Health Literacy
  • Author : Okan, Orkan,Bauer, Ullrich
  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • ISBN Code : 1447344510
  • Pages : 622
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC license. Health literacy addresses a range of social dimensions of health including knowledge, navigation, communication as well as individual and organizational skills for accessing, understanding, evaluating and using of information. Especially over the past decade, health literacy has become a major public health concern globally as an asset for promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable development. This comprehensive handbook provides an invaluable overview of current international thinking about health literacy, highlighting cutting edge research, policy and practice in the field. With a diverse team of contributors, the book addresses health literacy across the life-span and offers insights from different populations and settings. Providing a wide range of major findings, the book outlines current discourse in the field and examines necessary future dialogues and new perspectives.


Quality of Life and Quality of Working Life by Ana Alice Vilas Boas

Quality of Life and Quality of Working Life
  • Title : Quality of Life and Quality of Working Life
  • Author : Ana Alice Vilas Boas
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 9535134450
  • Pages : 312
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In this book, we can read about the well-being, quality of life, and quality of working life. The authors come from different countries, and their ideas, studies, findings, and experiences offer beneficial contributions to enhance our knowledge in the field of well-being and quality of life, as well as quality of working life. The book is divided into two sections, and their respective chapters refer to two major areas. The first section covers "Different Perspectives of Quality of Life," considering the antecedents of happiness, quality of life and sports, quality of life indexes for the United States, well-being in the context of family policies in European countries, cultural well-being and income in Italy, and the right to life in South Africa. The second section deals with "Well-Being and Quality of Working Life," emphasizing these topics for university professors in Brazil, as well as work-related well-being, psychological well-being of individuals as employees, physical and psychical well-being and stress, human work in organizations considering the discomfort perspective, and professional pride and dignity among social workers. Thus, we consider this book will be of interest for readers with a diverse group of audience in different areas of specialty such as psychology, industrial and social psychology, management, medicine, education, law, and sociology.


Business Performance Measurement by Andy Neely

Business Performance Measurement
  • Title : Business Performance Measurement
  • Author : Andy Neely
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780521803427
  • Pages : 366
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A multidisciplinary book on performance measurement that will appeal to students, researchers and managers.