What are good words for a five-point ordinal scale? The scale should represent increasing severity of disease, where 1 is normal and 5 is severe.
I thought of the following words (with their value in words in parentheses):
- normal (= no disease)
- mild (= low disease presence)
- moderate (= between normal and severe)
- moderately severe (= not the worst case, nor in the middle)
- severe (= worst form of disease)
I'm not happy with moderately severe, though, and I can't find a good alternative. Also, I'm not fond of moderate, because it somewhat has the same value as mild. Another word that might be used in the scale is slight, which would be second to normal. I'd like to know if there are other words (especially single words, not multiple) that appreciate the values I'm trying to give the scale.
Because I'm not a native English speaker, I want to know if you feel like the option I present here are reasonable and if not what words you feel are better.
This is similar to a Likert scale which is used a lot for questionnaires. The words it often uses are: strongly disagree, disagree, neither agree nor disagree, agree, strongly agree.