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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the tools to design, test, select, and evaluate instruments and measurement methods in nursing. It updates the third edition published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the process involved in designing, testing, selecting and/or evaluating instruments, methods, and procedures for measuring variables in practice, educational, and research settings. This is a very worthwhile goal, especially with the emphasis on research in healthcare and educational settings.
Audience: The target audience includes nurses and health researchers from neophytes to those with advanced knowledge in measurement. The authors and contributors have extensive backgrounds in this area.
Features: The book begins with basic information, assuming readers have little background, and gradually moves into advanced concepts. Several areas of the book are new. The chapter on qualitative research has been updated to include information about mixed methods. A new section discusses measurement in the digital world and covers using national databases, computer-based testing, and Internet data collection. The chapter on validity includes updated definitions and new strategies for testing instrument validity. The chapter on physiological measures has been expanded to focus on physiological variables using biomedical instrumentation and includes issues related to transitional research. A new chapter covers the evaluation of measurement precision, accuracy, and error in biophysical data. Finally, another new chapter addresses quality care measurements and related issues and challenges.
Assessment: 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.