The Measurement of Health and Health Status - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128015049, 9780128017203

The Measurement of Health and Health Status

1st Edition

Concepts, Methods and Applications from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

Authors: Paul Krabbe
eBook ISBN: 9780128017203
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128015049
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th October 2016
Page Count: 380
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The Measurement of Health and Health Status: Concepts, Methods and Applications from a Multidisciplinary Perspective presents a unifying perspective on how to select the best measurement framework for any situation. Serving as a one-stop shop that unifies material currently available in various locations, this book illuminates the intuition behind each method, explaining how each method has special purposes, what developments are occurring, and how new combinations among methods might be relevant to specific situations. It especially emphasizes the measurement of health and health states (quality-of-life), giving significant attention to newly developed methods. The book introduces technically complex, new methods for both introductory and technically-proficient readers.

Key Features

  • Assumes that the best measure depends entirely on the situation
  • Covers preference-based methods, classical test theory, and item response theory
  • Features illustrations and animations drawn from diverse fields and disciplines


A worldwide combination of academics, researchers, and professionals working in health economics, pharmaceutical companies, and health services research groups

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Health Outcomes

3. Health Summary Measures


4. Measurement

5. Construct and Scales

6. Health Status Measurement

7. Validity

8. Reliability


9. Classical Test Theory

10. Item Response Theory

11. Choice Models

12. Valuation Techniques

13. Clinimetrics


14. New Developments

15. Perspective


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About the Author

Paul Krabbe

Paul Krabbe is an expert in (subjective) health-outcome measurement methodology, in particular ‘health-related quality of life’ (HRQoL). He earned his PhD at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Groningen, The Netherlands


"This book is essential reading for all those interested in the latest methods and developments in the measurement of health, health status, and quality of life."  --Russell Mannion, University of Birmingham

"The Measurement of Health and Health Status provides a comprehensive introduction to an ever-expanding topic.  The scientific approach to 'health' has grown in recent years, with a variety of new approaches to studying what exactly it means to be 'healthy.' This book will be a natural for those interested in studying health and well-being, and also to those interested in the measurement of not-so-easy-to-measure concepts."  --Jason Schnittker, University of Pennsylvania

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