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Preconditions for sensitivity in measuring change: visual analogue scales compared to rating scales in a Likert format



Preconditions for sensitivity in measuring change: visual analogue scales compared to rating scales in a Likert format



Psychological Reports 77(2): 475-480



In a study of preconditions of responsiveness, we examined the variances obtained by two different ways of responding to questionnaire items. Subjects were 168 first-year medical students. They all completed a questionnaire of nine items. The original Likert-like scoring was (partially) replaced by visual analogue scoring in three quarters of the questionnaires. For three items the analogue form had a significantly greater variance than the discrete form, but no discrete item had a significantly greater variance than its analogue counterpart. Assuming that a greater variance was indicative for a greater responsiveness, our findings provide some support for the preferred use of analogue scales over discrete response categories in the measurement of changes over time.

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PMID: 8559872

DOI: 10.2466/pr0.1995.77.2.475


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