In a sample of 250 cardiac patients who have had a myocardial infarction and just left hospital, I asked them how important it was to them to know several issues, such as "How important is it for you to know when to return to work, or when to revisit the hospital" etc. Answers were provided ranging from "not important at all" to "very important" (Likert-type scale with 5 answers, assuming all answers have "equal" distances between them).
I would like to know:
- How to treat the answers to the above questions (as categorical?).
- How to look at whether there is any association between the above type of questions and other questions that are categorical (for example: "Who do you prefer to give you information": a-physician, b-nurse, c-other; or "Level of education": a-primary level, b-secondary level, c-bachelor, or equivalent d-postgraduate degree).
This questionnaire hasn't got any cummulative score or subscale scores that could be used for testing associations.