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

2 days course - Monday, 24th - Tuesday, 25th May 2021

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 (Wednesday 3 - Friday 5 June 2020), 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

PART 1 - Monday, 24th - Tuesday, 25th May 2021

PART 2 - Wednesday, 26th - Friday, 28th May 2021


Day 1 - Starts at 9am with Registration and refreshments, with a prompt 9:30am Course Start.  It is scheduled to close for the day at 5:30pm.  A course evening dinner will take place at approximately 7pm (there is no additional fee for this).

Day 2 - Starts at 9am and is scheduled to close for the day at 5:30pm.


FEES - Part 1:

£840 - Early Bird Fee - This will automatically close at 11pm on 24th February 2021.

£1040 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 10th May 2021, or until the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

FEES - Part 2:

£990 - Early Bird Fee - This will automatically close at 11pm on 24th February 2021.

£1290 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 10th May 2021, or until the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

FEES - Discounted Full Course (NB:  Please ensure that the Full Course option is selected when booking or you will be charged separately):

£1640 - Early Bird Fee - This will automatically close at 11pm on 24th February 2021.

£1950 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 10th May 2021, or until the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 10th May 2021.

Booking and Payment

Provisional bookings are now being taken for this popular ScHARR short course, please forward your details to Karen Holden at

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking and ensure that you email an actual copy of the Purchase Order to Karen Holden at

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout this 2 day course, plus a Course Evening Dinner that takes place on the first evening of Monday, 24th May 2021.

No accommodation is included. We do have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall. Please contact Karen Holden at or telephone 0114 222 2968 for further details.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.

Course Materials and Textbook

Course materials will be provided via a delegate course website approximately one week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the delegate course website.

Also included in the course fee, is a hard copy of the book Quality of Life: the Assessment, analysis and reporting of patient-reported outcomes (ISBN 978-1-444-33795-2) produced by Wiley. NB: One copy per person will be provided.

Participants are asked to supply their own laptop throughout the course. Participants will work on laptops using SPSS during the course. Working knowledge of SPSS would be beneficial but is not essential. If you do not have access to SPSS on your laptop, then a link to download will be provided prior to starting the course.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

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: 30 July 2020