Effect of the response tree format on the utility and psychometric properties of scales measuring symptoms in adults undergoing inpatient rehabilitation†
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2011
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 6, pages 508–519, December 2011
How to Cite
Fox, M. T., Sidani, S., Streiner, D. L., McGilton, K. S. and Grady, C. (2011), Effect of the response tree format on the utility and psychometric properties of scales measuring symptoms in adults undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 508–519. doi: 10.1002/nur.20458
Financial support for this study was provided by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (grant IAP-84669). Dr. Fox was supported by an Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award while conducting this research study.
- Issue online: 25 OCT 2011
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 AUG 2011
- response tree;
- standardized scales;
- psychometric properties
Imbedding a response tree into self-report scales is a strategy recommended to improve item comprehension and reduce burden in older adults. However, researchers have posed potential utility, validity, and reliability limitations to this strategy that have not been examined in the clinical setting. We evaluated the effect of the response tree format (RTF) on the psychometric properties and utility of three scales measuring symptoms in 86 rehabilitation inpatients. The RTF had little effect on the scales' psychometric properties or utility. Time to complete the scales differed for one scale only. The two formats manifested comparable levels of utility, reliability, and validity in the study sample, and may be used with older adults who experience difficulty responding to the original scales. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:508–519, 2011