TABLE 7.7Desirable Attributes of Evaluation Criteria

Reliability/Reproducibility An evaluation instrument or criterion is reliable if repeated use under identical circumstances by the same or different users produces the same results.
Validity An evaluation instrument or criterion is valid if it measures the properties, qualities, or characteristics it is intended to measure.
Responsiveness An evaluation instrument or criterion is responsive if it can detect important differences in outcomes across evaluation groups or time periods.
Interpretability An evaluation instrument or criterion is interpretable if users find the results of its application understandable.
Feasibility An evaluation instrument or criterion is feasible if users can accomplish the required activities, collect the necessary information, and analyze the resulting data within available evaluation resources and without imposing excessive burdens on those whose cooperation is required for the evaluation.
Flexibility An evaluation instrument or criterion is flexible if it is adaptable to a variety of evaluation problems or circumstances.
Documentation An evaluation instrument or criterion is documented if the protocols for applying and interpreting it are specified and if evidence of its successful use is summarized or cited.

From: 7, Evaluating the Effects of Telemedicine on Quality, Access, and Cost

Cover of Telemedicine
Telemedicine: A Guide to Assessing Telecommunications in Health Care.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Evaluating Clinical Applications of Telemedicine; Field MJ, editor.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1996.
Copyright © 1996, National Academy of Sciences.

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