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Finding Survey Instruments, Measurement Tools, and Questionnaires

Tips on how to find information about research instruments such as screenings and questionnaires.

Measurement Resources: Descriptions and Search Tips

Source Description Search Tips
Assessment Center Free online tool for capturing participant data securely, includes ability to incorporate included or custom instruments (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), Quality of Life in Neurological Diseases (Neuro-QOL), NIH Toolbox) Register for free account to use. Create a study template to browse by Domain (variable)
Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures Supports the field of integrated behavioral health care measurement (AHRQ) Browse by Measure, Functional Domain, or what you want to do
Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) University of New Mexico Assessment Instruments in English and Spanish. Select "Downloads" on the left
CINAHL Complete  Indexes Nursing and Allied Health literature and provides the detailed descriptions of over 350 popular instruments.

Find a Specific Test  Search by instrument name or acronym and limit to the Publication Type: Questionnaire/Scale [documents with partial or complete examples of questionnaires or scales] or Research Instrument [special CINAHL records that describe research instruments and may have an instrument appended];
Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword in the Instrumentation field and/or limit to the Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; OR search by keyword in the Instrumentation Index (click on More at the navigation bar at the top of the page and select Indexes)
Find Test Reviews Search by instrument name and additional subject headings such as (MH "Reliability and Validity+"); OR limit search results by selecting Publication Types: Research Instrument Utilization or Research Instrument Validation

More information on searching CINAHL

Google Internet search engine Find a Specific Test Search by keyword; use Advanced Search to limit to file type such as pdf, or domain such as edu
Grid-Enabled Measures Database (GEM) Web-based collaborative tool containing behavioral, social science, and other relevant scientific measures (sponsored by the National Cancer Institute)

Find a Specific Test//Find Test Reviews Search by keyword; browse by name of instrument

Find Test for a Variable search or browse by Construct or Measure

Health Business Elite  Database focused on healthcare administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management.

This database does not contain specific instruments or measurement fields, but it can be searched for those items using a nested "OR" strategy.

More information on searching Health Business Elite 

Health Literacy Toolshed An online database of instruments to measure individuals' health literacy. Instruments are identified from the peer-reviewed literature. Use search box on website; can be filtered by health literacy domain, condition, sample size, etc.
Health Services & Sciences Research Resources Contains information on instruments/indexes employed in Health Services Research, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences with links to PubMed and additional resources. Find a Specific Test Search Instrument/Indices only or browse (click Browse link in the left navigation column) the Instrument/Indices database By Title or By Source
Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword in Instrument/Indices only List of web and other sources for personality assessment instruments Look at the right side of the page for Psychological Testing Resources.  Includes basic information, references, and further reading.
Medical Outcomes Trust Not for profit organization dedicated to improving health and health care by promoting the science of outcomes measurement Find a Specific Test/Find Test for Variable Browse the list of instruments on the Instruments page; brief descriptions of the instruments and links to more information, including publisher, are included
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) Public repository of information on evidence-based care quality measures and measure sets, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Contains expert commentaries, measure matrix, and ability to compare measure features. Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword or click on Measures to browse by category; use Advanced Search to limit by age, population, etc.
PARE:  Practice Assessment Resource and Evaluation An on-line journal providing access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practice. Use search box to locate articles.
PROQOLID Site dedicated to identification and description of patient related outcomes (PRO) and quality of life (QOL) instruments; provides descriptions of over 690 questionnaires Find a Specific Test/Find Test for a Variable Browse by alphabetical list of instruments, generic instruments, disease, target population, author's name; OR use the Search Engine to select from available Criterion options
PsycINFO  Produced by the American Psychological Corporation, index of citations to the international literature of psychology

Find a Specific Test Search by instrument name or acronym in one search box; in another search box type in the word ‘appended’ and select the TM (Tests and Measures) field. OR
Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword in the Tests and Measures field
Find Test Reviews Search by instrument name in the Tests & Measures or Keyword or Abstract fields; add additional thesaurus terms such as Test Validity, Test Reliability in the Subjects field

 More information on searching PsycINFO

PubMed Biomedical database including MEDLINE

Find Specific Test Search by instrument name or acronym and terms such as scale, observation, questionnaire, etc.
Find Test for a Variable Search by keyword and additional keywords or Medical Subject Heading (MESH) terms such as scale, observation, questionnaire, psychological tests[mh], etc.
Find Test Reviews Use keywords such as validity, reliability or use MeSH terms such as validation studies[pt], validation studies as topic[mh], reproducibility of results[mh]

 More information on searching PubMed

RAND Health "All of the surveys and tools from RAND Health are public documents, available without charge (for non-commercial purposes). Some materials listed are not available from RAND Health. Links will take you to other websites, where you will find instructions for use." Find a Specific Test/Find Test for Variable Click on Surveys, browse by categories such as quality of life Find Test Reviews
Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database 

Database of over 225 questionnaires and interviews intended to assist treatment providers and researchers with screening and assessment of substance use and substance use disorders. Measures that are widely used and have proven reliability and validity are noted with a gold star.

Find a Specific Test Search or browse by instrument name or acronym; view full records to see the Use & Availability and Copy of Instrument fields
Find Test for a Variable Search by variable
Find Test Reviews Search or browse by instrument name or acronym; brief synopsis of reliability and validity included; references provided
Test Reviews Online Indexes test review references MMY, TIP, Test Critiques.  Individual reviews available for purchase. Find Test Reviews Search by keyword or browse by alphabetical or category listings of tests

Thanks to the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington for this information.