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This list of “measures compilations” was compiled by members
of the RCMAR Measurement and Methods Core. It is a list of basic, classic,
and high quality references in which measures are reviewed. Many of
these pertain to measures appropriate to general or patient populations;
some focus specifically on measures for older adults, ethnically diverse
population groups, and measures tested in Spanish.
American Psychiatric Association, Handbook of Psychiatric
Measures, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.
Includes chapters on diagnostic interviews, psychiatric symptoms,
mental health, general health, quality of life, adverse effects, stress
and life events, family functioning, as well as DSM-IV diagnostic
Lawton, MP, Teresi, JA. Annual Review of Gerontology and
Geriatrics: Focus on assessment techniques. New York: Springer Publishing
This volume evaluates a range of assessment measures with regard to
older adults. It addresses topics such as assessment of health, functional
disability (ADLs), mental ability, aging and personality, depression,
and pain. This book discusses the suitability, strengths, and weakness
of various measures and offers current information on the state-of-the-art
Lorig K, Stewart A, Ritter P, Gonzalez V, Laurent D, Lynch
J. Outcome Measures for Health Education and Other Health Care Interventions.
Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, Inc.; 1996.
Appendices in this book present selected measures of health, patient
satisfaction, health profiles, and all measures used in the Chronic
Disease Self-Management Study. Spanish versions of self-rated health,
pain, the CES-D, arthritis self-efficacy, and the Health Assessment
Questionnaire are included.
For updates on these measures, see: http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/research/
McDowell I, Newell C. Measuring Health: A Guide to Rating
Scales and Questionnaires, Second edition. New York: Oxford University
Reviews thoroughly measures of physical disability, social health,
psychological well-being, depression, mental status, pain, and general
health and quality of life. Includes actual instruments where possible
and selected items in some cases.
Robinson JP, Shaver PR, Wrightsman LS. Measures of Personality
and Social Psychological Attitudes. San Diego: Academic Press, Inc.;
Includes reviews of measures of response bias, subjective well-being,
self-esteem, social anxiety, depression and loneliness, alienation,
interpersonal trust, locus of control, authoritarianism, sex roles,
and values. Not focused on aging, but attempt to interpret adequacy
of measures. No mention of cross-cultural issues. Includes actual
instruments where possible and selected items in some cases.
Skinner JH, Teresi JA, Holmes D, Stahl SM, and Stewart AL
(Eds.) Multicultural Measurement in Older Populations. New York: Springer
Contains review articles by various investigators on concepts relevant
to cross-cultural research. Includes a few basic overviews of methodological
issues, and chapters on acculturation, socioeconomic status, social
support, cognitive functioning, depression, and religiosity.
Also appears as a special issue of the Journal of Mental Health and
Aging Vol 7, Spring 2001
Spilker B. Quality of Life and Pharmacoeconomics in Clinical
Trials, Second Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1996. (1254
This edited book contains chapters addressing the following: measures
of quality of life, methods of validation of measures, how to choose
specific measures in specific situations for specific purposes, and
quality of life measures for specific conditions. Includes cross-cultural
issues and issues of assessment in disadvantaged groups.
Stewart AL, Ware JE, Jr. (Eds.) Measuring Functioning and
Well-being: The Medical Outcomes Study Approach. Durham, NC: Duke
University Press; 1992.
Describes all steps involved in developing and testing the reliability
and validity of the Medical Outcomes Study long-form measures (from
which the SF-36 and SF-12 short form measures were derived). Includes
measures of physical functioning, psychological distress/well-being,
cognitive functioning, health perceptions, energy/fatigue, health
distress, social functioning, sexual functioning, role functioning,
pain, sleep, and physical/psychophysiologic symptoms.
Streiner D, Norman G. Health Measurement Scales: A Practical
Guide to Their Development and Use. Second ed. New York: Oxford University
Briefly describes the process of conceptualizing and developing measures,
including issues of reliability, validity, and ethics. Includes brief
but useful descriptions of generalizability theory and item response
theory. Presentation is generally user-friendly.
Teresi, JA, Lawton, MP, Holmes, DH, Ory, M. Measurement in
Elderly Chronic Care Populations. New York: Springer Publishing Company,
Provides a review of measures used in chronic care settings to assess
individuals whose assessment is complicated by factors such as frailty,
perception and communication problems, and advanced cognitive impairment.
The book is a resource to researchers and clinicians in the selection
of measures that will more accurately describe and predict the status
of individuals from chronic care populations.
Vingerhoets, A (Ed). Assessment in Behavioral Medicine, Brunner-Routledge,
Collection of chapters on measurement including social support, coping,
patient compliance, pain, fatigue, health, and quality of life.
Wilkin D, Hallam L, Doggett MA. Measures of Need and Outcome
for Primary Health Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1992.
Summarizes measures appropriate for use in primary care, including
review of concepts and methods of measurement. Chapters include measures
of functioning, mental illness and mental health, social support,
multidimensional measures, disease-specific measures, and measures
of patient satisfaction.