Finding health questionnaires, scales & tests

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"...[this book] brings together widely scattered information on health measurement techniques; a practical reference guide by Ian McDowell ... it helps readers choose, administer, and score available questionnaires & rating scales. Reviewing 50 measurement instruments, it describes their purpose and conceptual basis, reliability and validity, and shows a copy of the scale."
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"...a research instrument is a survey, questionnaire, test, scale, rating, or tool designed to measure the variable(s), characteristic(s), or information of interest, often a behavioral or psychological characteristic. Research instruments can be helpful tools to your research study..."
  • This guide aims to list starting points for health-related research involving instruments, measures, scales and tests. 4-star.gifSee also &
  • Health-related measures and scales are standardized tools used in evaluating health, illness, quality of life and a range of behaviours and attitudes; typically, they [instruments] are used to gauge progress in reaching population health goals, assessing health disparities in and across populations, and measuring effectiveness of health care interventions for age-related illness
  • Health measurement instruments are defined by the Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) database as questionnaires, psychological tests, health status indicators, genetic tests, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, inventories, rating scales, projective techniques, and vignettes/scenarios

Major websites

Other guides to tests

Key resources

  • publishes the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print series
  • 25,000 tests and other measurement devices
  • extensive list of scales and PubMed search queries for scales
  • many practical surveys and tools for improving quality of care.

Databases at UBC Library

  • Search filter: (questionnaire* ADJ10 (develop* OR validat* OR new OR descri*)) and add other synonyms

Monographs at UBC Library

Assessment, measures, questionnaires examples

Relevant subject headings

  1. Health surveys
  2. Social surveys
  3. Health status indicators—Measurement.
  4. Health Status Indicators
  5. Pain Measurement
  6. Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  7. Psychological Tests
  8. Questionnaires

Other rating scales

Health-related quality of life search tips

  • Sensitivity versus specificity - health-related QoL is a specific concept in health technology assessment; it involves measurement, using reliable and validated methods, of functional, social and emotional aspects of health. MeSH and EMTREE headings define quality of life in broad, general terms. Some searches may therefore retrieve a large number of irrelevant references. As more instruments are validated, modified and adapted they are referred to by various abbreviated titles such as: SF-36, SF36, Short-form 36, Shortform 36, MOS 36 & RAND 36. There is an abridged form of the SF-36, the SF-12 (or SF12, Short-Form-12, etc.); texts are useful in identifying freetext variations of relevant terms

Commercial distributors

" leader in clinical assessment; ability, achievement, personality, behaviour, speech and language, occupational therapy, and career interests; Wechsler family of assessments, MMPI® tests, Beck inventories, Millon™ inventories, PPVT™-4, Bayley-III® Scales of Infant and Toddler Development®, BASC™ family of products, Kaufman family of assessments, etc..."

Relevant research

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