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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165511
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THURSTONE SCALING AS A MEASUREMENT MODEL IN CANCER NURSING RESEARCH
Author(s):
Degner, Lesley; Tishelman, Carol; Bond, Ruth
Author Details:
Lesley Degner, RN, BN, MA, PhD, Faculty of Nursing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Carol Tishelman, RN, BN, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Ruth Bond, MA, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Abstract:
The purpose of this paper is to describe a novel approach to measuring constructs of relevance in cancer nursing. Most often Likert type scaling approaches have been used in the past, but Thurstone scaling provides a different method for eliciting patient responses based on a paired comparison technique. Patients consider pairs of stimuli that are arranged in every possible subset of two using the Ross matrix of optimal ordering to maximize the distance between items to avoid selection bias. This allows patients to judge each pair of stimuli on the attribute of interest. To date, we have used this scaling approach to elicit priorities among a set of 9 information needs in both women with breast cancer, and men with prostate cancer, in Canada, England and Sweden. We have also used this approach to elicit the salience of different dimensions of symptom distress (rather than current intensity) to patients with lung cancer in both Canada and Sweden. The use of Thurstone scaling allows for production of "ladders" of information needs or of salience of different symptoms that are readily understandable to clinicians. The development of the programming to permit analysis of this data is now in the public domain on the website of the Manitoba Centre of Health Policy. Detailed information on data entry and analysis approaches are described, permitting investigators previously unfamiliar with Thurstone scaling to apply this scaling method in their research. The development of a touch screen approach to measuring information needs using Thurstone scaling by Davison and colleagues in Vancouver further extends the potential usefulness of this scaling approach. Calculation of coefficient of concordance among groups completing the Thurstone scales permit us to make recommendations as to whether a group or individual approach is most suited to the area of intervention under study. If patients and partners do the task independently, the results also permit analysis of the degree of concordance between the two groups. Thurstone scaling has considerable potential for measuring a range of variables in the field of cancer nursing, and for providing an innovative way of displaying results that are more intuitively meaningful to both patients and clinicians.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHURSTONE SCALING AS A MEASUREMENT MODEL IN CANCER NURSING RESEARCHen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDegner, Lesleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorTishelman, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.authorBond, Ruthen_US
dc.author.detailsLesley Degner, RN, BN, MA, PhD, Faculty of Nursing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Carol Tishelman, RN, BN, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Ruth Bond, MA, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165511-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to describe a novel approach to measuring constructs of relevance in cancer nursing. Most often Likert type scaling approaches have been used in the past, but Thurstone scaling provides a different method for eliciting patient responses based on a paired comparison technique. Patients consider pairs of stimuli that are arranged in every possible subset of two using the Ross matrix of optimal ordering to maximize the distance between items to avoid selection bias. This allows patients to judge each pair of stimuli on the attribute of interest. To date, we have used this scaling approach to elicit priorities among a set of 9 information needs in both women with breast cancer, and men with prostate cancer, in Canada, England and Sweden. We have also used this approach to elicit the salience of different dimensions of symptom distress (rather than current intensity) to patients with lung cancer in both Canada and Sweden. The use of Thurstone scaling allows for production of "ladders" of information needs or of salience of different symptoms that are readily understandable to clinicians. The development of the programming to permit analysis of this data is now in the public domain on the website of the Manitoba Centre of Health Policy. Detailed information on data entry and analysis approaches are described, permitting investigators previously unfamiliar with Thurstone scaling to apply this scaling method in their research. The development of a touch screen approach to measuring information needs using Thurstone scaling by Davison and colleagues in Vancouver further extends the potential usefulness of this scaling approach. Calculation of coefficient of concordance among groups completing the Thurstone scales permit us to make recommendations as to whether a group or individual approach is most suited to the area of intervention under study. If patients and partners do the task independently, the results also permit analysis of the degree of concordance between the two groups. Thurstone scaling has considerable potential for measuring a range of variables in the field of cancer nursing, and for providing an innovative way of displaying results that are more intuitively meaningful to both patients and clinicians.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:19:57Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:19:57Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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