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Re: st: test of repeated measurements - ordinal data (likert scale)

From   David Hoaglin <>
Subject   Re: st: test of repeated measurements - ordinal data (likert scale)
Date   Fri, 6 Jul 2012 07:33:17 -0400

Hi, Mette.

The patients' responses to that question produce an ordered categorical outcome.

You should be able to use -ologit- to take into account the clustered
nature of the data (i.e., repeated measurements).

I suggest that you not focus too early on tests.  Start by making
various plots of the data, to discover what form the trends take.
Rabe-Hesketh and Skrondal (2012, Chapter 11) develop an example that
shows the process, including the use of -ologit- with clustered data.
(It's also in Chapter 7 of their second edition.)

David Hoaglin

Rabe-Hesketh, S. and A. Skrondal (2012). Multilevel and Longitudinal
Modeling Using Stata, third edition.  College Station, TX: Stata

On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 4:14 AM, Mette Olsen <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I wish to find a test that can compare patients' evaluation of a nutritional supplement over time.
> Patients are asked the same questions (e.g.. "how did you overall find the supplement?" - 'dislike very much' 'dislike' ' indifferent' 'like' or 'like very much') after 2 weeks, 1, 2 and 3 months of supplementation, respectively.
> I wish to know if there is a trend towards improved/worsened evaluation during the supplementation period, but I am not sure which type of test I should use. I have been suggested using xtmixed models but am not sure if the test allows for non-parametric data? I've also been suggested ologit but I'm not sure it can be used for repeated measurements in the same group.
> I look forward to learning more! Thanks in advance.
> Mette Frahm Olsen,
> PhD stud

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