Choosing outcome measures in systematic reviews : critical challenges.
Mullen, Edward J.
Published: January 2006
Research on Social Work Practice
Vol. 16, No. 1 , p. 84-90
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There are a number of challenges facing those who set out to conduct systematic reviews of intervention effects in the social sciences. These challenges include formulation of a review problem, gathering data about relevant studies and outcomes, analyzing that data, and interpreting the results. The first challenge, formulating a workable review problem, includes three subchallenges: delimiting interventions, specifying the intervention targets including problems and populations, and choosing outcome measures. This article examines the challenge of how to choose outcome measures. (Author abstract)
measures; indicators; program evaluation; methods; evaluation methods