Health Measurement

Richard C. Gershon, Ron D. Hays, Michael Anthony Kallen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The application of item response theory (IRT) in health measurement has virtually taken the field by storm. A recent Google search identified 401, 000 hits for these relatively new concepts versus 483, 000 hits for “item response theory” and “education.” Most of this growth, however, has taken place in relative secret to those who typically identify IRT as only being associated with educational measurement. This chapter overviews numerous areas of health measurement, which are actively taking advantage of IRT, and shares examples of how some health measurement problems have been resolved using novel applications of IRT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Item Response Theory
Subtitle of host publicationThree Volume Set
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781482282474
ISBN (Print)9781466514393
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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