Clinical Issues: EBP Tutorial #9: Critiquing the Assessment Evidence—Classic/Traditional Metrics Most texts (e.g., Straus, Richardson, Glasziou, & Haynes, 2005) on evidence-based practice (EBP) focus solely on EBP metrics (e.g., sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio, etc.) for the critiquing of tests. However, it is also important for EBP practitioners to consider traditional or classic measures such as reliability and validity. These ... Tutorial
Tutorial  |   October 01, 2005
Clinical Issues: EBP Tutorial #9: Critiquing the Assessment Evidence—Classic/Traditional Metrics
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  • Patricia Hargrove
    Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Clinical Issues
Tutorial   |   October 01, 2005
Clinical Issues: EBP Tutorial #9: Critiquing the Assessment Evidence—Classic/Traditional Metrics
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2005, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/lle12.3.25
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2005, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/lle12.3.25
Most texts (e.g., Straus, Richardson, Glasziou, & Haynes, 2005) on evidence-based practice (EBP) focus solely on EBP metrics (e.g., sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio, etc.) for the critiquing of tests. However, it is also important for EBP practitioners to consider traditional or classic measures such as reliability and validity. These measures quantify the worth of tests by determining their accuracy and the consistency. By identifying tests that exhibit strong reliability and validity, clinicians can identify tests that are candidates for use in their own clinical context with their own clients (Tickle-Degnen, 2002). Moreover, as will be addressed in future tutorials, selected classic measures can be used to validate the use of tests for various purposes. This tutorial will address three classic measures of validity, reliability, and standard error of measurement.
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