University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Title

Difference in method of administration did not significantly impact item response: an IRT-based analysis from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Date

2-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Arthritis, Rheumatoid; Cross-Over Studies; Data Collection; Depressive Disorder; Discrimination (Psychology); Female; Humans; *Information Systems; Male; Middle Aged; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive; Quality of Life; *Questionnaires; *Self Report; *Sickness Impact Profile; Young Adult

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | Public Health

Abstract

PURPOSE: To test the impact of method of administration (MOA) on the measurement characteristics of items developed in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS).

METHODS: Two non-overlapping parallel 8-item forms from each of three PROMIS domains (physical function, fatigue, and depression) were completed by 923 adults (age 18-89) with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, or rheumatoid arthritis. In a randomized cross-over design, subjects answered one form by interactive voice response (IVR) technology, paper questionnaire (PQ), personal digital assistant (PDA), or personal computer (PC) on the Internet, and a second form by PC, in the same administration. Structural invariance, equivalence of item responses, and measurement precision were evaluated using confirmatory factor analysis and item response theory methods.

RESULTS: Multigroup confirmatory factor analysis supported equivalence of factor structure across MOA. Analyses by item response theory found no differences in item location parameters and strongly supported the equivalence of scores across MOA.

CONCLUSIONS: We found no statistically or clinically significant differences in score levels in IVR, PQ, or PDA administration as compared to PC. Availability of large item response theory-calibrated PROMIS item banks allowed for innovations in study design and analysis.

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Citation: Qual Life Res. 2014 Feb;23(1):217-27. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0451-4. Epub 2013 Jul 23. Link to article on publisher's site

Comments

Co-author Barbara Gandek is a doctoral student in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UMass Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

23877585