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Response Category Functioning on the Health Care Engagement Measure Using the Nominal Response Model.

Reise SP, Hubbard AS, Wong EF, Schalet BD, Haviland MG, Kimerling R. Response Category Functioning on the Health Care Engagement Measure Using the Nominal Response Model. Assessment. 2021 Oct 27; 10731911211052682.

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As part of a scale development project, we fit a nominal response item response theory model to responses to the Health Care Engagement Measure (HEM). When using the original 5-point response format, categories were not ordered as intended for six of the 23 items. For the remaining, the category boundary discrimination between Categories 0 () and 1 () was only weakly discriminating, suggesting uninformative categories. When the lowest two categories were collapsed, psychometric properties improved greatly. Category boundary discriminations within items, however, varied significantly. Specifically, higher response category distinctions, such as responding 3 () versus 2 () were considerably more discriminating than lower response category distinctions. Implications for HEM scoring and for improving measurement precision at lower levels of the construct are presented as is the unique role of the nominal response model in category analysis.

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