A primer of inter-rater reliability in clinical measurement studies: Pros and pitfalls

Alavi, Mousa, Biros, Erik, and Cleary, Michelle (2022) A primer of inter-rater reliability in clinical measurement studies: Pros and pitfalls. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 31 (23-24). e39-e42.

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[Extract] Quality and sound measurement are fundamental to creating professional knowledge to provide a foundation for clinical decision-making in health services. Therefore, measurement scales are commonly used in health, particularly mental health research. Although there are different types of rating scales, they are often used by a rater to make a judgement about variable/s of interest, for example participants' psychological traits such as empathy, by assigning scores to the scale designed to measure that trait (Tinsley & Weiss, 1975).

Measurement instruments are not only required to be valid and reliable but also to measure what they claim to measure in a reproducible manner. Where the validity of a measurement instrument indicates its ability to measure what it intends to, the reliability estimates show the precision of the measurement in producing similar results; both of which provide evidence about the usefulness of assessments, often in terms of scores assigned to evaluate behaviours, abilities or symptoms, relevant to psychology, education and health sciences.

Item ID: 76574
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1365-2702
Copyright Information: © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Date Deposited: 03 May 2023 05:28
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320204 Clinimetrics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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