Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, RN, and Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, RN are assistant professors in the Department of Life Span Process, College of Nursing, the Ohio State University.
A critical review of visual analogue scales in the measurement of clinical phenomena
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 227–236, August 1990
How to Cite
Wewers, M. E. and Lowe, N. K. (1990), A critical review of visual analogue scales in the measurement of clinical phenomena. Res. Nurs. Health, 13: 227–236. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770130405
- Issue published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 3 JAN 1990
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JAN 1990
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 1989
Visual analogue scales (VAS) have been used in the social and behavioral sciences to measure a variety of subjective phenomena. The VAS method has potential utility for the measurement of a variety of clinical phenomena of interest to nurse investigators. In this review a description of the various forms of the VAS and an historical overview of their development are presented. In addition, conceptual, psychometric, and statistical aspects of the VAS are considered. Finally, strengths and limitations of the VAS method are addressed.