Cognitive debriefing is a structured interview technique used in the development of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). Members of the target patient population are interviewed to establish whether all the relevant concepts are covered, they understand the question wording and recall period (the time period to which the questions apply), interpret the questions as intended and use the response scale appropriately. Within these interviews patients are often asked to complete the instrument while ‘thinking aloud’ and explain the reason for each of their responses, following which specific questions can be asked by the interviewer.

How to cite: Cognitive Debriefing [online]. (2016). York; York Health Economics Consortium; 2016. https://www.yhec.co.uk/glossary/cognitive-debriefing/

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