Qualifications of the LCSS Trainer
trainer for the LCSS should be a person experienced
in administration of instruments (masters prepared or above for
an understanding of psychometric properties). Thus, the trainer
not only needs to provide the background for QL assessment and
why QL is a unique endpoint, but also needs to provide background
for why certain procedures are needed to prevent missing data,
patient completion errors, and errors in transcription. When these
requirements are not met, problems are likely.
group also believes it would be best to provide direct training
in person. Thus, it is best to train the data managers
directly instead of having the field monitors train them. However,
if this is not possible, then training the field monitors to do
the training is essential.
our group advocates the training of data managers, who then
"train" patients to prevent missing data. We have found
excellent completion rates for this 9-item scale for the patient
and 6-item scale for the observer through training.
there is a site that cannot send a person to the formal training
session, then in addition to using a trainer, we advocate purchasing
the LCSS educational video (with an actual case for practice
in scoring the LCSS observer scale) once an initial training session
has been demonstrated.
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