HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Application of Psychometrics for Assessing Health Outcomes and Quality of Life - Advanced (Part 2) - 2 1/2 Days Course: Wednesday, 15th - Friday, 17th February 2017

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Dr Anju Keetharuth
Following on from part one of the intermediate course which takes place earlier in the same week, Dr Anju Keetharuth from HEDS will lead on this 2.5 day course is to provide participants with an introduction to advanced psychometric models in analysis of multi-item patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). The course will cover confirmatory factor analytic methods for categorical data, Rasch models, and other items response theory (IRT) models. Sessions will be delivered by external staff Georgina Jones - Leeds Beckett University and Jakob Bue Bjorner - Optum Patient Insights, who have an international reputation in advanced psychometric methods. 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 this course?

The course content is aimed at participants with basic knowledge of psychometrics who want to apply advanced methods in scale construction and evaluation. The course content is set at an intermediate/advanced level. It will focus on modern psychometric methods: factor analysis for categorical data, Rasch models, and other IRT models. 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:
  • Perform item-level confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of PROMs using Mplus software
  • Understand the assumptions of CFA models, evaluate model fit, and revise the model
  • Understand the similarities and differences between CFA models, Rasch models and other IRT models
  • Perform IRT analyses using the Mplus software
  • Understand the assumptions of Rasch and IRT models and the principles for testing the models
  • Use results from IRT analyses to develop or select the optimal PROM for a particular research purpose
  • Be aware of the use of other software for CFA, Rach and IRT analyses.

Course Materials

Participants are asked to supply their own Laptop throughout the course. Participants will work on laptops using Mplus during the course. An Mplus demo version will be provided during the course for participants who do not have Mplus.
All course materials will be provided on a USB (plus hard copies of handouts/exercises as required for the course).

Prior Learning/Entry Requirements

Participants should have completed Part 1 of this course (which runs immediately prior to this course) or have sufficient suitable experience or other qualification.
Participants who wish to join the course without completing Part 1 should contact the Short Course Unit in the first instance. Approval from the Course Leader is required for all bookings who will not be completing Part 1, prior to making their booking

Course Faculty

Anju Keetharuth is the Course Leader for this course.
Jakob Bjorner and Georgina Jones.
PART 1 - 2.5-day course: Monday, 13th - Wednesday, 15th February 2017
PART 2 - 2.5-day course: Wednesday, 15th - Friday, 17th February 2017



FEES - Part 1

£990 - Early Bird Fee - For bookings received on or before Sunday, 11th December 2016
£1,290 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or after Monday, 12th December 2016

FEES - Part 2

£840 - Early Bird Fee - For bookings received on or before Sunday, 11th December 2016
£1,140 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or after Monday, 12th December 2016

FEES - Discounted Full Course

£1,540 - Early Bird Fee - For bookings received on or before Sunday, 11th December 2016
£1,850 - Standard Fee - For bookings received on or after Monday, 12th December 2016
NB: All fees do not include any accommodation. We do have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall for our delegates (subject to availability). Booking details and contact information will be automatically provided upon receipt of your online booking (a booking reference will be given along with the name and contact details of the person this should be booked with, to ensure you receive our preferential rate of £65 per night/room).

Booking and Payment

Provisional bookings are now being accepted. Please email scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to reserve your place. You will then be contacted once the course has gone live on our Online Store to finalise your booking.
Bookings are processed through our Online Store. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal.
If you employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, then please select the Invoice option for the course and ensure that all invoice details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and please also forward a copy of the Purchase Order to scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.
If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER. 
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Halifax Hall


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk
or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.