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Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2004 Mar 23;2:16.

Reconsidering the psychometrics of quality of life assessment in light of response shift and appraisal.

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QualityMetric Incorporated, Waltham, MA, USA. carolyn.schwartz@deltaquest.org

Abstract

The increasing evidence for response shift phenomena in quality of life (QOL) assessment points to the necessity to reconsider both the measurement model and the application of psychometric analyses. The proposed psychometric model posits that the QOL true score is always contingent upon parameters of the appraisal process. This new model calls into question existing methods for establishing the reliability and validity of QOL assessment tools and suggests several new approaches for describing the psychometric properties of these scales. Recommendations for integrating the assessment of appraisal into QOL research and clinical practice are discussed.

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15038830
PMCID:
PMC408465
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7525-2-16
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