Quality of Life Research

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 441–449

Psychometric considerations in evaluating health-related quality of life measures

  • R. D. Hays
  • R. Anderson
  • D. Revicki
Research Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00422218

Cite this article as:
Hays, R.D., Anderson, R. & Revicki, D. Qual Life Res (1993) 2: 441. doi:10.1007/BF00422218


How does one determine if a measure of health-related quality of life (HRQL) is adequate for clinical trials? Psychometric methods are frequently used to answer this question. What is psychometrics all about? In this paper we address these questions, discussing common psychometric evaluation procedures applied to HRQL measures. Specifically, we discuss issues regarding the evaluation of reliability and validity (including responsiveness).

Key words

Reliability validity responsiveness 

Copyright information

© Rapid Communications of Oxford Ltd 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Hays
    • 1
  • R. Anderson
    • 2
  • D. Revicki
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Policy DepartmentRANDSanta MonicaUSA
  2. 2.Bowman Gray School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Battelle Medical Technology Assessment and Policy Research CenterWashington, DCUSA

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