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 for adults (measures Physical Function, Fatigue, Pain Interference, Pain Intensity, Sleep Disturbance, Depression, Anxiety, and Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities) and PROMIS-25 Profile for pediatrics (measures Physical Function-Mobility, Fatigue, Pain Interference, Pain Intensity depressive Symptoms, Anxiety, and Peer Relationships)
  • Neuro-QoL™ short forms for people with neurological conditions
  • ASCQ-Me® short forms for adults with sickle cell disease

Consider exploring our recommendations for domains and measures for these specific patient populations:

Adult Populations

Pediatric Populations

 Recommended Physical Function Measures

PROMIS, Neuro-QoL, ASCQ-Me, and NIH Toolbox all include measures of physical function. Use the Decision Tree for Selecting a Patient-Reported Physical Function HealthMeasure to find the best measure for your purpose. Learn more >>

  • Neuro-QoL Mobility and Upper Extremity measures are the best options for adults with neurologic conditions.
  • PROMIS Physical Function measures are the best options for all other adults. The specific measure (CAT, 4- 6-, 8-, 10-item short form) should match the aim of assessment (e.g., screening, comparing large groups, comparing small groups or individual evaluation).
  • PROMIS Upper Extremity measures are the best option for adults when there is a known or suspected upper extremity limitation and can complement a PROMIS Physical Function measure.
  • PROMIS pediatric and parent-proxy mobility and upper extremity measures are the best options for children ages 5-17.
  • NIH Toolbox Motor measures are the best option for children ages 3-5.

Additional Resources

Read the HealthMeasures Guide to Selection of Measures from HealthMeasure>>

Recommended PROMIS Short Forms 

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).

Adult Measures

Domain

Recommendations for Comparing Large Groups

Recommendations for Individual Evaluations and Comparing Small Groups
Overall Healthv1.2 Global Health or PROMIS-29v2.1 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 formv1.1 Anger 5a short form
Anxietyv1.0 Anxiety 4a short formv1.0 Anxiety 8a short form
Cognitive Functionv2.0 Cognitive Function 8a short formv2.0 Cognitive Function 8a short form
Depressionv1.0 Depression 4a short formv1.0 Depression 8a short form
Life Satisfaction*v1.0 General Life Satisfaction 5a short formv1.0 General Life Satisfaction 5a short form
Meaning and Purposev1.0 Meaning and Purpose 4a short formv1.0 Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affect*v1.0 Positive Affect 15a short formv1.0 Positive Affect 15a short form
Psychosocial Illness Impactv1.0 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 Activitiesv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Daily Activities 8a short formv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Daily Activities 8a short form
Self-Efficacy – General*v1.0 General Self-Efficacy 4a short formv1.0 General Self-Efficacy 4a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Emotionsv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Emotions 8a short formv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Emotions 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatmentsv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatments 8a short formv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Medications and Treatments 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactionsv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactions 8a short formv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Social Interactions 8a short form
Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptomsv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptoms 8a short formv1.0 Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions: Manage Symptoms 8a short form
Smoking – Nicotine Dependencev1.0 Smoking Nicotine Dependence for All Smokers 4a short formv1.0 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
Dyspneav1.0 Dyspnea Functional Limitations 10a short formv1.0 Dyspnea Functional Limitations 10a short form
Fatiguev1.0 Fatigue 7a short formv1.0 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 populationSelect 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 Intensityv1.0 Pain Intensity 3a short formv1.0 Pain Intensity 3a short form
Pain Interferencev1.0 Pain Interference 6a short form v1.0 Pain Interference 6a short form
Pain Quality - Neuropathicv2.0 Neuropathic Pain Quality5a short formv2.0 Neuropathic Pain Quality 5a short form
Pain Quality – Nociceptivev2.0 Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a short formv2.0 Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a short form
Physical Functionv2.0 Physical Function 10a short formv2.0 Physical Function 10a short form and v2.0 Physical Function 7a Upper Extremity short form

 

Sexual Function and Satisfactionv2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction Brief Profile or v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction v2.0 Full Profilev2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction Brief Profile or v2.0 Sexual Function and Satisfaction v2.0 Full Profile
Sleep Disturbancev1.0 Sleep Disturbance 8a short form v1.0 Sleep Disturbance 8a short form
Sleep-related Impairment*v1.0 Sleep-related Impairment 8a short formv1.0 Sleep-related Impairment 8a short form
Social Health 
Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activitiesv2.0 Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities 4a short formv2.0 Ability to Part Social Roles and Activities 8a short form
Companionshipv2.0 Companionship 4a short formv2.0 Companionship 6a short form
Emotional Supportv2.0 Emotional Support 4a short formv2.0 Emotional Support 8a short form
Informational Supportv2.0 Informational Support 4a short form v2.0 Informational Support 8a short form
Instrumental Supportv2.0 Instrumental Support 4a short formv2.0 Instrumental Support 8a short form
Satisfaction with Participation in Social Roles and Activitiesv2.0 Satisfaction with Social Roles and Activities 4a short formv2.0 Satisfaction Social Roles and Activities 8a short form
Social Isolationv2.0 Social Isolation 4a short formv2.0 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 Healthv1.0 Ped: Global 7+2 or v2.0 Ped: Profile 25v2.0 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 formv1.0 Ped: Cognitive Function 7a short form
Depressive Symptoms*v2.0 Ped: Depression 8a short form v2.0 Ped: Depression 8a short form
Life Satisfactionv1.0 Ped: Life Satisfaction 4a short formv1.0 Ped: Life Satisfaction 8a short form
Meaning and Purposev1.0 Ped: Meaning and Purpose 4a short formv1.0 Ped: Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affectv1.0 Ped: Positive Affect 4a short formv1.0 Ped: Positive Affect 8a short form
Psychological Stress Experiencesv1.0 Ped: Psychological Stress Experiences 4a short formv1.0 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 Behaviorv1.0 Ped: Pain Behavior 8a short formv1.0 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 - Affectivev2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Affective 8a short formv2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Affective 8a short form
Pain Quality - Sensoryv2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Sensory 8a short formv2.0 Ped: Pain Quality – Sensory 8a short form
Physical Activityv1.0 Ped: Physical Activity 4a short formv1.0 Ped: Physical Activity 8a short form
Physical Stress Experiencesv1.0 Ped: Physical Stress Experiences 4a short formv1.0 Ped: Physical Stress Experiences 8a short form
Strength Impactv1.0 Ped: Strength Impact 4a short formv1.0 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 Relationshipsv1.0 Ped: Family Relationships 4a short form v1.0 Ped: Family Relationships 8a short form
Peer Relations*v2.0 Ped: Peer Relationships 8a short formv2.0 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 Healthv1.0 PP: Global 7+2 or v2.0 PP: Profile 25v2.0 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 formv1.0 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 Satisfactionv1.0 PP: Life Satisfaction 4a short formv1.0 PP: Life Satisfaction 8a short form
Meaning and Purposev1.0 PP: Meaning and Purpose 4a short formv1.0 PP: Meaning and Purpose 8a short form
Positive Affectv1.0 PP: Positive Affect 4a short formv1.0 PP: Positive Affect 8a short form
Psychological Stress Experiencesv1.0 PP: Psychological Stress Experiences 4a short formv1.0 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 formv1.0 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 Activityv1.0 PP: Physical Activity 4a short formv1.0 PP: Physical Activity 8a short form
Physical Stress Experiencesv1.0 PP: Physical Stress Experiences 4a short formv1.0 PP: Physical Stress Experiences 8a short form
Strength Impactv1.0 PP: Strength Impact 4a short formv1.0 PP: Strength Impact 8a short form
Upper Extremityv2.0 PP: Upper Extremity 8a short formv2.0 PP: Upper Extremity 8a short form
Social Health 
Family Relationshipsv1.0 PP: Family Relationships 4a short form v1.0 PP: Family Relationships 8a short form
Peer Relations*v2.0 PP: Peer Relationships 7a short formv2.0 PP: Peer Relationships 7a short form
* Only one short form exists for this domain.

Last updated 5/10/2016