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J Psychosom Res. 2010 Apr;68(4):319-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.01.006.

Introduction to health measurement scales.

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Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.


Both research and clinical decision making rely on measurement scales. These scales vary with regard to their psychometric properties, ease of administration, dimensions covered by the scale, and other properties. This article reviews the main psychometric characteristics of scales and assesses their utility.

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