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Henrica C. W. de Vet, Caroline B. Terwee, Lidwine B. Mokkink, and Dirk L. Knol: Measurement in medicine: a practical guide



Qual Life Res (2012) 21:371–373 DOI 10.1007/s11136-012-0123-9 BOOK REVIEW Cambridge University Press, 2011, 348 pp, ISBN: 978-0-521-13385-2 Paperback ($45.00), ISBN: 978-0-521-11820-0 Hardback ($99.00), ISBN: 978-1-139-14244-1 eBook ($36.00) Brian D. Stucky • Claudia C. A. Pereira Published online: 1 February 2012 Ó Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012 Developing and assessing medical and health measures Medical and health research presents many unique challenges for developing and assessing measurement instruments. While the fields of psychometrics and clinimetrics have long and for the most part distinct traditions, there has been surprisingly little work aimed at integrating the two disciplines. In Measurement in Medicine, de Vet et al. [1] nicely fill that gap by bringing measurement concepts traditionally restricted to psychological and educational testing, to the medical and health research community. To that extent, it provides researchers with practical guidance and advice to aid in the development and review of healthspecific measurement instruments. The book is not intended to present state-of-the-art measurement techniques but rather focuses on the techniques that are well established and widely used. This work may be viewed as an outgrowth of the COSMIN initiative (Conesus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement Instruments; [4]. The COSMIN checklist provides a



Quality of Life ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2012

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-012-0123-9

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