Recommended HealthMeasures

Selecting a measure involves many considerations. If you are uncertain about which measure to choose, consider these recommended measures available through Search & View Measures:

  • NIH Toolbox® batteries for Cognition, Emotion, Motor, and Sensation
  • PROMIS® Global (10 items measuring physical health and mental health)
  • PROMIS-29 Profile (measures Physical Function, Fatigue, Pain Interference, Pain Intensity, Sleep Disturbance, Depression, Anxiety, and Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities)
  • Neuro-QoL short forms for people with neurological conditions
  • ASCQ-Me® short forms for people with sickle cell disease

PROMIS includes multiple short forms in a given domain. Here are recommendations for which short form to use. 

Recommendations for Comparing Large Groups: appropriate short form for large scale data collection and comparison of groups (subgroups larger than 50-75 people)

Recommendations for Individual Evaluations and Comparing Small Groups: used for domains where notably more detailed or precise assessment can be achieved by administering a slightly longer short form or additional short forms. Recommended when looking at an individual or making comparisons between smaller groups (subgroups of 50-75 people).

Version Differences

 • Some HealthMeasures have multiple versions (e.g., v1.0, v1.1, v2.0)

• Generally, it is recommended that you use the most recent version available (highest number)

• A decimal increase (v1.0 to v1.1) usually retains the same item-level parameters as well as instrument reliability and validity

• Whole number increases (e.g., v1.0 to v2.0) are used with more substantial changes

• Scoring manuals include detailed information on version differences including when scores from different versions of a measure can be compared with each other. Find HealthMeasures scoring manuals>>

Adult Measures

Domain

Recommendations for Comparing Large Groups

Recommendations for Individual Evaluations and Comparing Small Groups
Overall Health v1.2 Global Health or PROMIS-29 v2.1 PROMIS-57 Profile
Mental Health
Alcohol*

Any of the following:
v1.0 Alcohol Use 7a short form
v1.0 Negative Consequences 7a short form
v1.0 Positive Consequences 7a short form
v1.0 Negative Expectancies 7a short form
v1.0 Positive Expectancies 7a short form

Any of the following:
v1.0 Alcohol Use 7a short form
v1.0 Negative Consequences 7a short form
v1.0 Positive Consequences 7a short form
v1.0 Negative Expectancies 7a short form
v1.0 Positive Expectancies 7a short form

Anger* v1.1 Anger 5a short form v1.1 Anger 5a short form
Anxiety v1.0 Anxiety 4a short form v1.0 Anxiety 8a short form
Cognitive Function v2.0 Cognitive Function 8a short form v2.0 Cognitive Function 8a short form
Depression v1.0 Depression 4a short form v1.0 Depression 8a short form
Life Satisfaction* v1.0 General Life Satisfaction 5a short form v1.0 General Life Satisfaction 5a short form
Meaning and Purpose v1.0 Meaning and Purpose 4a short form v1.0 Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affect* v1.0 Positive Affect 15a short form v1.0 Positive Affect 15a short form
Psychosocial Illness Impact v1.0 Negative 4a short form
v1.0 Positive 4a short form
v1.0 Negative 8a short form
v1.0 Positive 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Daily Activities v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Daily Activities 8a short form v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Daily Activities 8a short form
Self-Efficacy – General* v1.0 General Self-Efficacy 4a short form v1.0 General Self-Efficacy 4a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Emotions v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Emotions 8a short form v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Emotions 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatments v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatments 8a short form v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatments 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactions v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactions 8a short form v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactions 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptoms v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptoms 8a short form v1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptoms 8a short form
Smoking – Nicotine Dependence v1.0 Smoking Nicotine Dependence for All Smokers 4a short form v1.0 Smoking Nicotine Dependence for All Smokers 8a short form
Smoking – Other*

Any of the following “All Smokers” short forms:
v1.0 Smoking Coping Expectancies 4a short form
v1.0 Smoking Emotional & Sensory Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Negative Health Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Negative Psychosocial Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Social Motivations 4a short form 

Any of the following “All Smokers” short forms:
v1.0 Smoking Coping Expectancies 4a short form
v1.0 Smoking Emotional & Sensory Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Negative Health Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Negative Psychosocial Expectancies 6a short form
v1.0 Smoking Social Motivations 4a short form

Substance Use* Any of the following:
v1.0 Prescription Pain Medication Misuse 7a short form
v1.0 Appeal of Substance Use (past 30 days or 3 months) 7a short form
v1.0 Severity of Substance Use (past 30 days or 3 months) 7a short form
Any of the following:
v1.0 Prescription Pain Medication Misuse 7a short form
v1.0 Appeal of Substance Use (past 30 days or 3 months) 7a short form
v1.0 Severity of Substance Use (past 30 days or 3 months) 7a short form
Physical Health
Dyspnea v1.0 Dyspnea Functional Limitations 10a short form v1.0 Dyspnea Functional Limitations 10a short form
Fatigue v1.0 Fatigue 7a short form v1.0 Fatigue 13a short form (FACIT-Fatigue)
Gastrointestinal* Select domain(s) (belly pain, bowel incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, disrupted swallowing, gas and bloating, gastroesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting)  most relevant to the patient population Select domain(s) (belly pain, bowel incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, disrupted swallowing, gas and bloating, gastroesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting)  most relevant to the patient population
Pain Behavior^  v2.0 Pain Behavior Scale  v2.0 Pain Behavior Scale
Pain Intensity v1.0 Pain Intensity 3a short form v1.0 Pain Intensity 3a short form
Pain Interference v1.0 Pain Interference 6a short form  v1.0 Pain Interference 6a short form
Pain Quality - Neuropathic v2.0 Neuropathic Pain Quality5a short form v2.0 Neuropathic Pain Quality 5a short form
Pain Quality – Nociceptive v2.0 Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a short form v2.0 Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a short form
Physical Function v2.0 Physical Function 10a short form v2.0 Physical Function 10a short form and v2.0 Physical Function 7a Upper Extremity short form

 

Sexual Function and Satisfaction v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction Brief Profile or v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction v2.0 Full Profile v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction Brief Profile or v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction v2.0 Full Profile
Sleep Disturbance v1.0 Sleep Disturbance 8a short form  v1.0 Sleep Disturbance 8a short form
Sleep-related Impairment* v1.0 Sleep-related Impairment 8a short form v1.0 Sleep-related Impairment 8a short form
Social Health 
Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities v2.0 Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities 4a short form v2.0 Ability to Part Social Roles and Activities 8a short form
Companionship v2.0 Companionship 4a short form v2.0 Companionship 6a short form
Emotional Support v2.0 Emotional Support 4a short form v2.0 Emotional Support 8a short form
Informational Support v2.0 Informational Support 4a short form  v2.0 Informational Support 8a short form
Instrumental Support v2.0 Instrumental Support 4a short form v2.0 Instrumental Support 8a short form
Satisfaction with Participation in Social Roles and Activities v2.0 Satisfaction with Social Roles and Activities 4a short form v2.0 Satisfaction Social Roles and Activities 8a short form
Social Isolation v2.0 Social Isolation 4a short form v2.0 Social Isolation 8a short form

*Only one short form exists for this domain.

^All 20 items of the Pain Behavior item bank can be administered.  It is then referred to as a scale. 


Last updated 5/10/2018

Below are primary recommendations for PROMIS short forms. In some cases, a longer short form may provide a more precise score. In those cases, the longer short form (or secondary recommendations) should be used in place of the primary recommendation.

 Pediatric (Ped) Measures

Domain

Recommendations for Comparing Large Groups

Recommendations for Individual Evaluations and Comparing Small Groups
Overall Health v1.0 Ped: Global 7+2 or v2.0 Ped: Profile 25 v2.0 Ped: Profile 49
Mental Health 
Anger* v2.0 Ped: Anger 5a short form  v2.0 Ped: Anger 5a short form
Anxiety* v2.0 Ped: Anxiety 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Anxiety 8a short form
Cognitive Function* v1.0 Ped: Cognitive Function 7a short form v1.0 Ped: Cognitive Function 7a short form
Depressive Symptoms* v2.0 Ped: Depression 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Depression 8a short form
Life Satisfaction v1.0 Ped: Life Satisfaction 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Life Satisfaction 8a short form
Meaning and Purpose v1.0 Ped: Meaning and Purpose 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affect v1.0 Ped: Positive Affect 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Positive Affect 8a short form
Psychological Stress Experiences v1.0 Ped: Psychological Stress Experiences 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Psychological Stress Experiences 8a short form
Physical Health 
Asthma Impact* v2.0 Ped: Asthma Impact 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Asthma Impact 8a short form
Fatigue* v2.0 Ped: Fatigue 10a short form  v2.0 Ped: Fatigue 10a short form
Mobility* v2.0 Ped: Mobility 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Mobility 8a short form
Pain Behavior v1.0 Ped: Pain Behavior 8a short form v1.0 Ped: Pain Behavior 8a short form
Pain Interference* vv2.0 Ped: Pain Interference 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Pain Interference 8a short form
Pain Quality - Affective v2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Affective 8a short form v2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Affective 8a short form
Pain Quality - Sensory v2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Sensory 8a short form v2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Sensory 8a short form
Physical Activity v1.0 Ped: Physical Activity 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Physical Activity 8a short form
Physical Stress Experiences v1.0 Ped: Physical Stress Experiences 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Physical Stress Experiences 8a short form
Strength Impact v1.0 Ped: Strength Impact 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Strength Impact 8a short form
Upper Extremity* v2.0 Ped: Upper Extremity 8a short form  v2.0 Ped: Upper Extremity 8a short form
Social Health 
Family Relationships v1.0 Ped: Family Relationships 4a short form  v1.0 Ped: Family Relationships 8a short form
Peer Relations* v2.0 Ped: Peer Relationships 8a short form v2.0 Ped: Peer Relationships 8a short form
* Only one short form exists for this domain.

Last updated 5/10/2018

Below are primary recommendations for PROMIS short forms. In some cases, a longer short form may provide a more precise score. In those cases, the longer short form (or secondary recommendations) should be used in place of the primary recommendation.

Parent Proxy (PP) Measures

Domain

Recommendations for Comparing Large Groups

Recommendations for Individual Evaluations and Comparing Small Groups
Overall Health v1.0 PP: Global 7+2 or v2.0 PP: Profile 25 v2.0 PP: Profile 49
Mental Health 
Anger* v2.0 PP: Anger 5a short form  v2.0 PP: Anger 5a short form
Anxiety* v2.0 PP: Anxiety 8a short form  v2.0 PP: Anxiety 8a short form
Cognitive Function* v1.0 PP: Cognitive Function 7a short form v1.0 PP: Cognitive Function 7a short form
Depressive Symptoms* v2.0 PP: Depressive Symptoms 6a short form  v2.0 PP: Depressive Symptoms 6a short form
Life Satisfaction v1.0 PP: Life Satisfaction 4a short form v1.0 PP: Life Satisfaction 8a short form
Meaning and Purpose v1.0 PP: Meaning and Purpose 4a short form v1.0 PP: Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affect v1.0 PP: Positive Affect 4a short form v1.0 PP: Positive Affect 8a short form
Psychological Stress Experiences v1.0 PP: Psychological Stress Experiences 4a short form v1.0 PP: Psychological Stress Experiences 8a short form
Physical Health 
Asthma Impact* v2.0 PP: Asthma Impact 8a short form  v2.0 PP: Asthma Impact 8a short form
Fatigue* v2.0 PP: Fatigue 10a short form  v2.0 PP: Fatigue 10a short form
Mobility* v2.0 PP: Mobility 8a short form  v2.0 PP: Mobility 8a short form
Pain Behavior* v1.0 PP: Pain Behavior 8a short form v1.0 PP: Pain Behavior 8a short form
Pain Interference* v2.0 PP: Pain Interference 8a short form  v2.0 PP: Pain Interference 8a short form
Physical Activity v1.0 PP: Physical Activity 4a short form v1.0 PP: Physical Activity 8a short form
Physical Stress Experiences v1.0 PP: Physical Stress Experiences 4a short form v1.0 PP: Physical Stress Experiences 8a short form
Strength Impact v1.0 PP: Strength Impact 4a short form v1.0 PP: Strength Impact 8a short form
Upper Extremity v2.0 PP: Upper Extremity 8a short form v2.0 PP: Upper Extremity 8a short form
Social Health 
Family Relationships v1.0 PP: Family Relationships 4a short form  v1.0 PP: Family Relationships 8a short form
Peer Relations* v2.0 PP: Peer Relationships 7a short form v2.0 PP: Peer Relationships 7a short form
* Only one short form exists for this domain.

Last updated 5/10/2016