PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Clinical Outcome Assessments and Epistemic Risk

Clinical Outcomes Assessments (COAs) are commonly used measures to quantify a patients’ symptoms, overall mental state or the effects of a disease or condition on how patients function. But the adequacy of the psychometric methods used to develop these instruments has been a topic of debate for over a century. Recent discussion has focused on the ontology of psychological attributes and what measurement theories and methods befit them. In this paper my aim is to reframe this debate from one about the appropriate ontology of psychological attributes, e.g. realist, operationalist needed to achieve measurement, to a debate about epistemic risk.

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Leah McClimans    
University of South Carolina


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