The Application of Psychometrics for Measuring Health Outcomes and Quality of Life - Part 1


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The aim of this two-day course is to provide participants with an introduction to psychometrics as applied to health. It will cover the core psychometric and statistical methods used in scale construction and the development of multi-item patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).

Sessions will be delivered by external staff Professor Jakob Bue Bjorner (Optum Patient Insights) and Georgina Jones (Leeds Beckett University), who have an international reputation in psychometric methods and questionnaire development, analysis and interpretation, and ScHARR staff Anju Keetharuth.

The course will be interactive and practical. Sessions will be delivered using lectures and individual and small group practical exercises using real-world examples.

Who will benefit from the course?

The course content is aimed at participants with no prior knowledge of psychometrics, or those who wish to refresh and gain more theoretical and practical knowledge in this area.

The course content is set at a basic/intermediate level. It will focus on classical methods of test construction and test of differential item function, but will also provide an introduction to modern psychometric methods such as Rasch models, item response theory and factor analysis for categorical data. It will be relevant to researchers, students, clinicians and other health care professionals and members of the pharmaceutical industry interested in using or developing PROMs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • identify the key stages involved in scale construction and development
  • understand the qualitative process involved in the development of a PROM and item generation
  • describe the different ways of scoring and scaling a PROM and the theory underpinning these
  • understand exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory (CFA) factor analysis and be able to carry out EFA using SPSS
  • understand what is meant by reliability, validity, and responsiveness and be able to analyse and interpret these using SPSS
  • explore the above concepts using datasets from a range of existing disease-specific and generic PROMs
  • be aware of the use of different software other than SPSS where applicable.


Further learning: Part 2 (Advanced)

An advanced course will be run immediately following on from this course, which will cover Rasch models, item response theory, confirmatory factor analysis and factor analysis for categorical data in more detail using MPlus software. 

Dates and times

This course has been postponed and dates will be updated as soon as confirmed.

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This course has been postponed and details will be updated as soon as the next intake has been confirmed.

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Booking and Payment

This course has been postponed and details will be updated as soon as the next intake has been confirmed.

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In addition, if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

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Course Delivery

This course has been postponed and details will be updated as soon as the next intake has been confirmed.


Face to Face Delivery

A laptop will be required for the duration of the course.  It is also advisable to use with a ‘mouse’ wherever possible.

We may be able to loan you a mouse, please contact us at the time of your booking.


For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are mainly working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 3 May 2022