Reliability of Katz's Activities of Daily Living Scale When Used in Telephone Interviews

James R. Ciesla, Leiyu Shi, Carleen H. Stoskopf, Michael E. Samuels

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The reliability of afive-item Katz's Activities of Daily Living (ADL) scale collected by selfreport telephone interview is presented. A random sample of 6,472 South Carolina residents over 55 years of age selected from a statewide population is used. Factor structure, Guttman properties, internal consistency reliability, Mokken's index of test homogeneity, and Spearman's coefficient of rank-order correlation are used to show that ADL data gathered by telephone interview are reliable. Because telephone interviewing methods are faster, cheaper, and safertheyare recommended as a viable wayfor researchers, policymnakers, and practitioners to gather ADL information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalEvaluation & the Health Professions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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