Measurement in Nursing and Health Research, Fifth Edition

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Measurement in Nursing and Health Research, Fifth Edition

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


Praise for the previous Edition:

"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

“Presents clearly the methodological principles for research planning in nursing with examples that facilitate the understanding of them. Excellent.”5.0 out of 5 stars

--Nursing Research

This highly popular resource—written in an easy-to-read style and format-- delivers everything nurses and other health researchers need to know aboutdesigning, testing, selecting, and evaluating instruments and methods for measurement in nursing. The Fifth Edition features the most current content,strategies, and procedures available with direct applicability to nurses and health researchers engaging in interprofessional research, collaboration,education, and evidence-based practice. Five new chapters focus on challenges to using big data, evaluation and measurement in interprofessional practiceand education, metrics and benchmarking in health professions education and practice, and measurement issues in translational science.

The book gives particular attention to measurement issues resulting from changes in nursing, health research, and the increased emphasis on and undertakingof interprofessional research and evaluation. Presenting the material in step-by-step format, the book is designed for readers with little or no experiencein measurement, statistics, or interprofessional issues. It focuses on increasing the reader’s ability to use measures that are operationalized within thecontext of theories and conceptual frameworks, derived from sound measurement principles and practices and adequately tested for reliability and validity.Additionally, the text provides a pragmatic account of the processes involved in all aspects of measurement. Studies conducted by nurses and researchers invaried settings illustrate the measurement processes.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Thoroughly updated and revised
  • Delivers new and emerging strategies
  • Reflects recent changes to nursing, health research, and emphasis on interprofessional research
  • Includes five completely new chapters addressing challenges to using big data, evaluation and measurement in interprofessional practice andeducation, metrics and benchmarking in health professions education and practice, and measurement issues in translational science

Key Features:

  • Easy-to-read content and format
  • Assumes no prior knowledge of measurement, statistics, or interprofessional issues
  • Provides studies conducted by nurses and researchers in varied settings
  • Offers a pragmatic account of the processes involved inn all aspects of measurement

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 18, 2016
  • Page Count 632
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826170613

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 

Contributors vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgment xi

Part I Basic Principles of Measurement

1 Introduction to Measurement

Carolyn Waltz

2 Operationalizing Nursing Concepts

Elizabeth Lenz

3 Measurement Theories and Frameworks

Rosemarie DiMauro Satyshur

Part II Understanding Measurement Design

4 Strategies for Designing Measurement Tools and Procedures

Rosemarie DiMauro Satyshur

5 Measurement Reliability

Carolyn Waltz

6 Validity of Measures

Carolyn Waltz

7 Standardized Approaches to Measurement

Elizabeth Lenz

Part III Measurement via the Digital World

8 Internet Data Collection

Ora Strickland

9 Observational Methods

Elizabeth Lenz

Part IV Instrumentation and Data Collection Methods

10 Content Analysis

Elizabeth Lenz

11 Interviews

Carolyn Waltz

12 Questionnaires

Elizabeth Lenz

13 The Delphi Technique

Carolyn Waltz

14 Visual Analog Scales

Elizabeth Lenz

15 Measurement of Physiological Variables Using Biomedical Instrumentation

Kathleen S. Stone and Susan K. Frazier

16 Precision, Accuracy, and Uncertainty of Biophysical Measurements for Research and Practice

Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger

17 Selection and Use of Existing Instruments

Ora Strickland

Part V Team Science

18 Interprofessional Practice Measurement and Evaluation

Susan Antol

19 Metrics and Benchmarking in Health Professions Education and Practice

With Margaret Scisney-Matlock

Part VI Measurement Issues

20 Ethical Issues

Elizabeth Lenz

21 Measurement Issues in Qualitative Research

Judith E. Hupcey and Lisa Kitko

22 Measurement Issues in Translational Science

Linda L. Chlan and Mary Beth Happ

23 Other Measurement Issues:

Ora Strickland

Social Desirability

Process and Outcome Measurement

Measuring State and Trait Characteristics

Cross-cultural Measurement


Proxy Respondents

Translation of Questionnaires into Other Languages, Methods and Psychometric Assessment