Measurement in Nursing and Health Research

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Measurement in Nursing and Health Research

SKU# 9780826105073

Fourth Edition


  • Carolyn Waltz PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Ora Lea Strickland PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Elizabeth Lenz PhD, RN, FAAN

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

This is a valuable resource for readers seeking basic to advanced information on measurement. It should be on the bookshelf of all researchers, and a requirement for graduate nursing students.Score: 100, 5 stars--Doody's Medical Reviews

...this book is a wonderful shelf reference for nurse researcher mentors and investigators who may need to explore content or use content to design, test, select, and evaluate instruments and methods used in measuring nurse concepts and outcomes."--Clinical Nurse Specialist

This fourth edition presents everything nurses and health researchers need to know about designing, testing, selecting, and evaluating instruments and methods for measuring in nursing. Thoroughly updated, this fourth edition now contains only the latest, most cutting-edge measurement instruments that have direct applicability for nurses and health researchers in a variety of roles, including students, clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, and consultants.

Using clear and accessible language, the authors explain in detail, and illustrate by example, how to conduct sound measurement practices that have been adequately tested for reliability and validity. This edition is enriched with topics on the leading edge of nursing and health care research, such as measurement in the digital world, biomedical instrumentation, new clinical data collection methods, and methods for measuring quality of care.

Key features:

  • Provides new and emerging strategies for testing the validity of specific measures
  • Discusses computer-based testing: the use of Internet research and data collection
  • Investigates methods for measuring physiological variables using biomedical instrumentation
  • Includes information on measurement practices in clinical research, focusing on clinical data collection methods, such as clinimetrics
  • Identifies the challenges of measuring quality of care and how to address them

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 17, 2010
  • Page Count 504
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105073
  • EISBN 9780826105080

About The Author(s) 

Carolyn F. Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN , is Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, where she specializes in research, evaluation, and measurement. An internationally recognized expert in the development of outcomes evaluation in clinical and educational settings, Dr. Waltz has published extensively including the third edition of Measurement in Nursing and Health Research, an AJN Book of the Year award winner, as well as articles on research, measurement, nursing outcomes, program development and evaluation. She has provided numerous outcomes evaluations, consultants, presentations, and workshops to varied health care audiences nationally and internationally and is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in outcomes evaluation and research.

Ora Lea Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN , is Professor and Dean, Florida International University School of Nursing. In her career she has focused on child development and family relations. She is the Founder and Senior Editor of the Journal of Nursing Measurement. As an internationally known specialist in nursing research, measurement, evaluation, maternal and child health and parenting, Dr. Strickland has published widely in professional journals and books, and is called upon as a consultant by health care agencies, universities, government agencies, and community organizations. She has presented more than 300 lectures, speeches, and workshops, and her research has been featured in newspapers and magazines, as well as on radio and television.

Elizabeth R. Lenz, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University College of Nursing, where she served as Dean from 2001-2013. Prior to assuming the deanship, she held faculty and academic administrative positions at Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and Boston College. She is known for her work in doctoral nursing education and her nursing research career has focused on the family as the context for health and illness. Recent research concerns the outcomes and quality of nurse practitioner practice. She is former member, Editorial Board, Nursing Outlook, and between 1999 and 2001 served as an Editor of Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice.

Table of Contents 

Part I Basic Principles of Measurement

1. Introduction
2. Operationalizing Nursing and Health Research Concepts
3. Measurement Theories and Frameworks

Part II Understanding Measurement Design

4. Strategies For Designing Measurement Tools and Procedures
5. Measurement Reliability
6. Validity of Measures
7. Standardized Approaches to Measurement
8. Measurement in Qualitative Research

Part III Measurement Via the Digital World

9. Uses of Existing Administrative, Hospital, Health Research and National Databases
10. Computer Based Testing
11. Internet Data Collection and Issues of Data Privacy

Part IV Instrumentation and Data Collection Methods

12. Observation Methods
13 .Content Analysis
14. Interviews
15. Questionnaires
16. Delphi Technique
17. Visual Analogue Scales
18. Magnitude Estimation Scaling
19. Guidelines for Writing Multiple Choice Items
20. Measurement of Physiological Variables Using Biomedical Instrumentation
21. Application of Measurement Principles and Practices in Clinical Research and Practice
22. Collecting Sensitive Information
23. Selection and Use of Existing Instruments

Part IV Measurement Issues

24. Ethical Issues
25. Issues in Measuring Quality Care
26. Other Measurement Issues