Psychometric Laboratory for Health Sciences
Measuring outcome in health care requires the same attention to detail, and the same quality of science as other aspects of medical care. The Psychometric Laboratory, based at the University of Leeds in the UK, provides a range of support services, including teaching, consultancy and contract work to promote such quality.
To ensure that health care providers, researchers and others concerned with measuring the outcome of health interventions have the skills to develop appropriate measures, or can understand and judge the quality of applications using the latest scientific approaches to measurement.
To develop approaches and skills in the assessment of undergraduate education programmes, including undergraduate medical education.
Based within the Section of Rehabilitation Medicine within the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds, UK, the Laboratory is staffed by academics, both from Leeds and, through visiting academics, from overseas.
The Director of the Laboratory is Mike Horton, BSc. A health service researcher, he is concerned with the practical application of Rasch models for measurement within the health care and educational setting.
Visiting Professor to the Laboratory is Professor David Andrich, BSc, MEd (UWA), PhD (Chic) FASSA who is Chapple Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia. He is author of Rasch models for measurement (Sage, Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences Series) and over 80 journal articles and book chapters on the applications of Rasch models in social measurement.
Emeritus Professor is Alan Tennant BA, PhD, MD (honoris causa). He also currently holds visiting (adjunct) professor posts at the University of Western Australia and the University of Luzern in Switzerland. Author of over 100 peer reviewed journal papers on the application of Rasch in health, he has established similar psychometric laboratories across the globe, such that students can access the workshops in their own language.
Thus teaching work of the Laboratory continues to expand with our introductory courses available in Australia, Sweden, Turkey and Italy, and in Germany and Switzerland in the near future.