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Assessing Measurement Properties of Two Single-item General Health Measures
The authors' single-item, GSRH questions demonstrated good reproducibility, reliability, and strong concurrent and discriminant scale performance with an established health status measure.
Integrating qualitative and quantitative research approaches via the phenomenological method
Abstract Separated and mixed applications of qualitative and quantitative methods are typically encumbered by markedly different philosophical orientations. Multiple inefficiencies arise when mixed
Equating the MOS SF36 and the LSU HSI Physical Functioning Scales.
This study equates the physical functioning subscales of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 and the Louisiana State University Health Status Instruments and finds that both instruments measure physical functioning, and can do so in a common unit of measurement.
Meaning and Method in the Social Sciences1
Academia’s mathematical metaphysics are briefly explored en route to an elaboration of the qualitatively rigorous requirements underpinning the calibration and unambiguous interpretation of
Physical disability construct convergence across instruments: towards a universal metric.
  • W. Fisher
  • Medicine
    Journal of outcome measurement
  • 1997
The quantitative stability of different areas of physical functional independence across instruments and samples suggests that the development and deployment of a universal metric is a realizable goal.
The Moral Construct of Caring in Nursing as Communicative Action: The Theory and Practice of a Caring Science
Results suggest that the theory provides predictive control of the phenomena, drawing attention to the founding of evidence-based practice on practical, workable theory.
Attitudes toward the autopsy--an 8-state survey.
The data support the conclusion that the decline in autopsy performance is multifactorial, although the contentious perception that improved diagnostic technology renders the autopsy redundant is the key variable.
Measurement-related problems in functional assessment.
  • W. Fisher
  • Psychology
    The American journal of occupational therapy…
  • 1 April 1993
This paper summarizes problems commonly found in evaluation methods based on summing ordinal raw item scores and demonstrates how Rasch measurement models provide a solution to the construction of calibrated (linear) measures.
Quantifying Human Response: Linking Metrological and Psychometric Characterisations of Man as a Measurement Instrument
The present work attempts to link metrological and psychometric (Rasch) characterisation of Man as a Measurement Instrument in a study of elementary tasks, such as counting dots, where one knows independently the expected value because the measurement object is prepared in advance.