There are three ways to administer Neuro-QoL surveys; paper and pencil method, CATs, or through an application such as Qolty.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Respondent should complete the Neuro-QoL self-report measures solely without any assistance from anybody.
- A proxy may interfere provided that the respondent is a young child, a person with dementia, intellectual or communication deficits because it hinders the respondent to perform the assessment accordingly. Instructions are provided for proxy-respondents before completing the procedure.
- Allow the respondent to answer the measures privately.
SELECTING AN INSTRUMENT
With the aid of computer platform, Neuro-QoL assessment can be performed and scored simultaneously. The length of the measurement varies depending on the bank/scales selected by the respondent. Moreover, selecting the right instrument or a study is essential in acquiring accurate and reliable results. Here are the following considerations:
Neuro-QoL instruments are established for a range of neurological conditions, but they are not intended for a specific disease. So, the key is to select a domain that truly covers all the aspects of a neurological disorder.
The instrument used for Neuro-QoL measures are CAT and static short forms. These two general options can guide your optimum selection with its several precise considerations.
To achieve precision in Neuro-QoL measurement, adding the same questions from the same item banks are increased. It is evident that a 6-item scale is more accurate than a 1-item scale. The best evaluation for precision is CAT compared to fixed short form because of its standard for individual level assessment.
The iterative item selection nature of CAT assessment makes it brief and precise as compared to static short forms considering their same length. However, for some applications like broad studies that require population estimations or group comparisons for large sample clinical trials; T-scores is the best choice. In this measurement, a small number of questions are selected per bank which makes large cluster averages more reliable.
Some researchers opt to determine which questions in a bank can be administered for the sake of clinical relevance in a specific subset of items. Correspondingly, some researchers can ensure that same questions are administered each time in a continuous design. The best assessment for this item content is static short forms.
Neuro-QoL banks can be administered in different procedures. With respondents that have computer accessibility, CAT administration can be performed. However, with the Qolty application, these items can be directly assessed on your smartphones irrespective of time and location; making it the fastest and most practical option.