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2005 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

2003 — Modern Psychometric Methods: A Conceptual Introduction to Item Response Theory and Its Applications

Author List:
Cook KF (Houston VA PADRECC)
Kuykendall D (METRIC)

Workshop Objectives:
After attending the workshop, participants should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the logic of modern psychometric methods. 2. Distinquish between the "scoring questions" used in classical test theory and in item response theory in assigning scores to persons. 3. Identify the parameters estimated in item response theory models and apply this knowledge to example health outcomes. 4. Identify the assumptions of item response theory models and the consequences of violating those assumptions. 5. Recognize advantages and disadvantages of item response theory compared to classical psychometric theory applications.

The workshop will include Powerpoint presentations and question and answer sessions.

Target Audience:
The target audience is health services researchers who are interested in obtaining a basic and conceptual (not technical) understanding of item response theory applications in health services research.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
The workshop will be geared toward persons with no prior knowledge in item response theory.

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