Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 11137
  Title Several strategies for evaluating the objectivity of measurements in clinical research and practice
Journal J Can Chiropr Assoc. 1988 Sep;32(3):133-38
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes The objectivity (interexaminer reliability) of measurement in chiropractic provides a basis for judging the quality of information in clinical research and practice. Objectivity may be determined by formal measurement evaluation studies and by sampling within clinical trials. Interpretation of inter-examiner reliability requires descriptive and inferential statistics selected on the basis of the mathematical properties of data, appreciation of the clinical meaning of a particular measure, and recognition of the role of chance. Methods of data analysis include scatter-plots, contingency tables, time-series graphs, and correlational and concordance coefficients. Many kinds of objectivity evaluations are well within the capacities of private practitioners and student clinicians.

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