Print Email Facebook Twitter Assessing comparability of dressing disability in different countries by response conversion Title Assessing comparability of dressing disability in different countries by response conversion Author van Buuren, S. Eyres, S. Tennant, A. Hopman-Rock, M. TNO Preventie en Gezondheid Publication year 2003 Abstract Background: Comparability of health data is a major challenge within the context of the Health Monitoring Programme of the European Commission. A common problem in surveys is that many variations of essentially the same question exist. Methods: Response conversion is a new method for improving comparability by scaling the data onto a common scale. Comparisons between member states can then be made in terms of the common scale. A first step is the construction of a conversion key. This is a relatively complex activity, but needs to be done only once. The second step is the actual data transformation. This is simple, and can be repeatedly done on a routine basis as new information arrives. Construction of the key is only possible if enough overlapping information can be found. Results: The method is illustrated for dressing disability from five European countries. Differences occur between countries, between sexes and between age groups. These were similar in magnitude. Conclusion: Response conversion is a new method for enhancing comparability among existing data. Conversion can only be done if a key is available. More work is needed to establish the technique. Future implications within the Health Monitoring Programme are discussed. Subject Healthy for LifeHealthHealthy LivingComparabilityDressing disabilityItem response theoryPost-harmonizationResponse conversionadultagedarticledaily life activitydisabilityfemalehealth care managementhealth programhumanmalemedical information systempriority journaltheoryActivities of Daily LivingAgedAged, 80 and overClothingCross-Cultural ComparisonData Interpretation, StatisticalDisabled PersonsEuropeEuropean UnionFemaleHealth Status IndicatorsHumansInternational CooperationMaleMiddle AgedPopulation SurveillancePublic Health Informatics To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:1264f9ba-9123-4e7e-83a6-1e30d845e8cf TNO identifier 237268 ISSN 1101-1262 Source European Journal of Public Health, 13 (3 SUPPL.), 15-19 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.