Obtain & Administer Measures
PDFs of PROMIS® measures need no preparation, are “respondent ready,” and available for free.
- Use the Search & View Measures to find the measure you want and download that specific PDF.
- Download a zip file of all PROMIS measures.
PROMIS measures are copyrighted. All English and Spanish PROMIS measures are publicly available for use in one’s individual research, clinical practice, educational assessment, or other application without licensing or royalty fees. Commercial users must seek permission to use, reproduce, or distribute measures. Integration into proprietary technology requires written permission. Read the PROMIS Terms and Conditions of Use for more information.
PROMIS measures can be administered three ways:
- On paper (short forms and profiles only)
- By computer
- With an app
PROMIS computer adaptive tests (CATs) require computer administration. PROMIS CATs, short forms, and profiles are available in:
- REDCap: a secure web application for building and managing online surveys. Learn more>>
- Assessment CenterSM: a web-based data collection platform. Learn more>>
- Epic: an electronic health record software housing selected PROMIS measures (currently not CATs) in platforms from 2012 and later. Learn more>>
- Assessment Center Application Programming Interface (API): an API connects your data collection software application with the full library of PROMIS measures including CATs. Learn more>>
- AO Patient Outcomes Center: A licensed, web-based software application for in-clinic assessment targeting orthopaedic populations. Learn more>>
PROMIS CATs, short forms, and profiles are available in apps.
- PROMIS measures are available for distribution in both the the PROMIS iPad App and NIH Toolbox® iPad App. Learn more>>
- HealthMeasures is beta testing an app that enables study set-up in REDCap and data collection from all PROMIS and Neuro-QoL self-report measures on a mobile device. Contact us to participate as a beta tester. The existing REDCap mobile app does not yet include CATs.
Best Practices in Administration
- PROMIS self-report measures are intended to be completed by the respondent without help from anyone else.
- If respondents are unable to answer on their own, have someone else (“proxy”) report on their behalf. Respondents requiring a proxy may include: young children, people in the early stages of dementia who may not recognize the extent of their impairment, people with cognitive or communication deficits, and people with severe disease burden. PROMIS Parent Proxy measures are available.
- Keep respondents’ privacy in mind, but have staff readily available to help with any technology issues that may arise.
- It is acceptable for staff to define a term (e.g., “nausea”), but not to define a concept where the respondent’s subjective interpretation is the goal of the question (e.g., “quality of life”).
- Utilize the same method (e.g., computer, telephone, or paper) and mode (e.g., self vs. interviewer) of administration. However, this is not always possible, and PROMIS measures have produced similar scores when the method of administration varied. See the Forum for more information on method / mode effects.
- In clinical settings, give respondents the optimal time needed to capture the most relevant perspective and complete data (e.g., before/after clinician visit or in between visits). This may depend on the study aims and/or clinic work flow.
- The text and responses of PROMIS items cannot be altered in any way and still be considered a PROMIS item. Users are welcome to modify the items, but cannot refer to these modified items as PROMIS and we have no data about whether or not this modified version would have the same psychometric properties as the original PROMIS item. If you do modify items, please clearly specify in what ways the items were modified in any publications or other publicly disseminated work products.