List of Pediatric Measures

Available PROMIS® Measures for Pediatric Self-Report (ages 8-17)

Pediatric Domains Definition Pediatric

Bank/ Scale

# items

Short Form

# items

Global Health* Overall evaluation of one’s physical and mental health. 7, 9  
Mental Health    
Cognitive Function Difficulties in cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, attention, and decision making), and difficulties in the application of such abilities to everyday tasks (e.g., planning, organizing, calculating, remembering, and learning). 43 7
Emotional Distress – Anger Angry mood (irritability, frustration), negative social cognitions (interpersonal sensitivity, envy, disagreeableness), and efforts to control anger. 9 5
Emotional Distress – Anxiety Fear (fearfulness, panic), anxious misery (worry, dread), hyperarousal (tension, nervousness, restlessness), and somatic symptoms related to arousal (racing heart, dizziness). 15 8
Emotional Distress – Depressive Symptoms Negative mood (sadness, guilt), views of self (self- criticism,worthlessness), and social cognition (loneliness, interpersonal alienation), as well as decreased positive affect and engagement (loss of interest, meaning, and purpose). 14 8
Life Satisfaction Global and context-specific evaluations of a child’s life. Conceptual facets include global evaluations of life, context-specific evaluations of life, assessments of life conditions, and comparisons of one’s life with others’ lives. 42 4, 8a, 8b
Meaning and Purpose A child's sense that life has purpose and there are good reasons for living, including hopefulness, optimism, goal-directedness, and feelings that one’s life is worthy. 44 4, 8
Positive Affect A child's momentary positive or rewarding affective experiences, such as feelings and mood associated with pleasure, joy, elation, contentment, pride, affection, happiness, engagement, and excitement. 39 4, 8
Psychological Stress Experiences The thoughts or feelings about self and the world in the context of environmental or internal challenges. Items represent 3 facets of psychological stress reactions: feeling overwhelmed, perceived lack of control of capacity to manage one’s life, and cognitive-perceptual disruption. 19

4, 8


Stigma – Skin

Perceptions of self and publicly enacted negativity, prejudice, and discrimination as a result of disease-related manifestations. Banks include generic items for children with chronic conditions, as well as disease-specific items. 





Physical Health    
Asthma Impact Asthma-specific symptoms that include cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, and avoidance of triggers. Also, asthma-associated impacts such as missing school or activities with other children. 17 8
Fatigue Range of symptoms, from mild subjective feelings of tiredness to an overwhelming, debilitating, and sustained sense of exhaustion. 25 10

Itch (PIQ-C)


Perceptions of itch (pruritus) symptoms and their impact on children’s daily living. The PIQ-C includes items for children with skin conditions. 45

3, 6, 8a, 8b

Pain – Behavior Behaviors that typically indicate to others that an individual is experiencing pain. These actions or reactions can be verbal or nonverbal, and involuntary or deliberate. 47 8
Pain – Interference Consequences of pain on relevant aspects of one’s life. This includes the extent to which pain hinders engagement with social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and recreational activities. 20 8

Pain Quality 

Pain Quality - Affective

Pain Quality - Sensory

Specific physical sensations and affective components associated with pain. Because pain can be felt and described in so many ways, this category of pain contains a variety of attributes, such as perceived temperature (e.g., cold), sensations (e.g., throbbing), and perceived affective qualities of pain (e.g., uncomfortable). 56





Physical Activity Self-reported capability rather than actual performance of physical activities. This includes the functioning of one’s upper extremities (dexterity), lower extremities (walking or mobility), and central regions (neck, back), as well as instrumental activities of daily living. 10 4, 8
Physical Function – Mobility Activities of physical mobility such as getting out of bed or a chair to activities such as running. 21 7
Physical Function – Upper Extremity Activities that require use of the upper extremity including shoulder, arm, and hand activities. 29 8
Physical Stress Experience The physically experienced sensations associated with responses to internal or external challenges including arousal, agitation, pain, and gastrointestinal distress. 26 4, 8
Sleep Disturbance Assesses reported thoughts of one's sleep quality, and perceived difficulties with falling or staying asleep. Conceptual facets include sleep quality, sleep onset, and sleep continuity. 15  4, 8 
Sleep-Related Impairment  Assesses perceptions of sleepiness during usual awake hours and reported impairments during the day associated with sleep problems or daytime sleepiness. Conceptual facets include daytime sleepiness, sleep offset, impact: cognitive, impact: activities, and impact: emotional.  13 4, 8 
Strength Impact A child's capacity to perform functional activities of daily living that require significant amount of muscle force generation. 12 4, 8
Social Health    
Peer Relationships Quality of relationships with friends and other acquaintances. 14 8
Family Relationships The subjective (affective, emotional, cognitive) experience of being involved with one’s family, feeling like an important person in the family, of feeling accepted and cared for, and feeling that family members, especially parents, can be trusted and depended on for help and understanding. 47 4, 8
PROMIS Pediatric-25 Profile A collection of 4-item short forms assessing anxiety, depressive symptoms, fatigue, pain interference, physical function-mobility, and peer relationships, as well as a single pain intensity item.   25
PROMIS Pediatric-36 Profile A collection of 5- and 6-item short forms assessing anxiety, depressive symptoms, fatigue, pain interference, physical function-mobility, and peer relationships, as well as a single pain intensity item.   36
PROMIS Pediatric-48 Profile A collection of 7- and 8-item short forms assessing anxiety, depressive symptoms, fatigue, pain interference, physical function-mobility, and peer relationships, as well as a single pain intensity item.   48

Last updated on 5/13/2024

*The Global Health 7-item measure produces one score. The Global Health 7+2 measure produces the same single score but also includes a fatigue item and pain interference item whose raw scores can be used to describe the respondent(s).



PROMIS Pediatric

Items 680
Bank/Scale/Pools 30
Short Forms 40
Domains 27
Profiles 3

Last updated on 10/20/2023


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Types of Measures

PROMIS measures include item banks, short forms, and computer adaptive tests (CATs).

  • Item banks are collections of carefully selected and tested items all measuring the same construct. Any subset of items can be administered and produce a score on the same metric. In some administration platforms, an item bank defaults to being administered as a computer adaptive test. Item banks are not intended to be administered in their entirety.
  • Short forms are subsets of items selected from a larger collection of items (e.g., from an item bank). A short form usually generates a single score for a construct. Sometimes short forms are called fixed length forms or fixed forms.
  • Scales are complete collections of scored items to be administered in their entirety.
  • Profiles measure multiple constructs through a fixed collection of short forms or CATs.
  • Pools are collections of related items not intended to produce a summary score, but to be used as single items.

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Last updated on 5/13/2024