Book “Measurement in Medicine”

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Book “Measurement in Medicine”

We have written a textbook on Clinimetrics, entitled “Measurement in Medicine”. This book has been published by Cambridge University Press in August 2011.


Measurement in Medicine

A Practical Guide
  • Henrica C. W. de Vet, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Caroline B. Terwee, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Lidwine B. Mokkink, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
  • Dirk L. Knol, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
Chapter 1    Introduction
Chapter 2    Concepts, theories and models of measurements
Chapter 3    Development of a measurement instrument
Chapter 4    Field testing of the measurement instrument
Chapter 5    Reliability
Chapter 6    Validity
Chapter 7    Responsiveness
Chapter 8    Interpretation
Chapter 9    Systematic reviews of measurement properties

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.

We have present exercises and datasets on the website

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