Using measures in the healthcare services setting, discuss the relationship between concept, construct, and variable. How are these terms similar or different?

PART 1

Deconstruct the Relationship Between Concepts, Constructs, and Variables

 

The purpose of this assignment is to help you better understand how to conceptualize and operationalize healthcare measures (variables) of interest for research or analytic purposes. More so, this assignment will assess the degree to which you understand and can apply the concept of measurement in healthcare services settings.

Using measures in the healthcare services setting, discuss the relationship between concept, construct, and variable. How are these terms similar or different? How are they applied in the conceptualization and operationalization of healthcare measures? Explain using examples as needed.

Length: 1-2 pages, not including title and reference pages

Resources: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources.

 

PART 2

Create a Healthcare Measurement Chart

 

Demonstrate your understanding of the concept of measurement in the healthcare field by populating the concept/construct table as shown.

From the healthcare services setting, provide one example for each concept and each construct that you might be interested in measuring. Align these examples with their corresponding variables, operational definitions, data categories (continuous or categorical), and level of measurement (e.g., nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio). A clear understanding and distinction between a concept and construct are key to the success of this assignment.

Note: Depending on the construct or concept, the example selected may or may not require multiple variables. If the concept/construct requires more than three variables, you will need to add additional rows to accommodate the number of variables required.

Concept/

Construct

Variables Operational Definition Data Category* Measure**
 

Concept example (Health Status):

Health Status

 

1 = Healthy

 

0 = Unhealthy

Do you consider yourself healthy or unhealthy? Categorical Nominal
       
       
Construct example:        
       
       

Table 2: *Data category (Continuous or categorical)

**Levels of measurement (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval and Ratio)

Length: 1-2 pages of a completed table, not including title and reference pages

Resources: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources.