Inter-rater reliability of the Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX): comparative data from non-clinician respondents – all raters are not equal

BARKER, Lynne, MORTON, Nicholas, MORRISON, Todd and MCGUIRE, Brian (2011). Inter-rater reliability of the Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX): comparative data from non-clinician respondents – all raters are not equal. Brain Injury, 25 (10), 997-1004.

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    Abstract

    Primary objective: The Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX) is used to obtain information about executive and emotional problems after neuropathology. The DEX is self-completed by the patient (DEX-S) and an independent rater such as a family member (DEX-I). This study examined the level of inter-rater agreement between either two or three non-clinician raters on the DEX-I in order to establish the reliability of DEX-I ratings.

    Methods and procedures: Family members and/or carers of 60 people with mixed neuropathology completed the DEX-I. For each patient, DEX-I ratings were obtained from either two or three raters who knew the person well prior to brain injury.

    Main outcomes and results: We obtained two independent-ratings for 60 patients and three independent-ratings for 36 patients. Intra-class correlations revealed that there was only a modest level of agreement for items, subscale and total DEX scores between raters for their particular family member. Several individual DEX items had low reliability and ratings for the emotion sub-scale had the lowest level of agreement.

    Conclusions: Independent DEX ratings completed by two or more non-clinician raters show only moderate correlation. Suggestions are made for improving the reliability of DEX-I ratings.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
    Identification Number: 10.3109/02699052.2011.597046
    Depositing User: Lynne Barker
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 15:50
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 15:50
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6060

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