Measurement reliability and agreement in psychiatry

Patrick E. Shrout

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Psychiatric research has benefited from attention to measurement theories of reliability, and reliability/agreement statistics for psychopathology ratings and diagnoses are regularly reported in empirical reports. Nevertheless, there are still controversies regarding how reliability should be measured, and the amount of resources that should be spent on studying measurement quality in research programs. These issues are discussed in the context of recent theoretical and technical contributions to the statistical analysis of reliability. Special attention is paid to statistical studies published since Kraemer's 1992 review of reliability methods in this journal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-317
Number of pages17
JournalStatistical Methods in Medical Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Health Information Management


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