From 2014-2019, four patient-centered measurement systems, developed and validated with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were brought together and made available to the public as a single resource. The resource, known as HealthMeasures, was funded by a trans-NIH cooperative agreement (U2CCA186878) supported by 14 NIH Institutes and Centers and made available at www.healthmeasures.netExternal Web Site Policy.

HealthMeasuresExternal Web Site Policy remains an online resource that provides access to the following comprehensive measurement systems:


The HealthMeasures resource provides state-of-the-science assessment of physical, mental, and social health, as well as performance measures of cognition, motor and sensory function, for use across a range of chronic diseases as well as the general population. These measures provide clinicians, researchers, healthcare administrators and policymakers with efficient, precise, valid and responsive measures of symptoms, functional abilities and general health perceptions surrounding life quality and satisfaction.

Access & Availability

To access HealthMeasures, visit www.healthmeasures.netExternal Web Site Policy. The HealthMeasures site includes introductory slidesExternal Web Site Policy along with information on assessment delivery systemsExternal Web Site Policy that include the measures.

All HealthMeasures content for self-reported measures, including questions, scoring informationExternal Web Site Policy, and interpretation guidesExternal Web Site Policy, is publicly available free of charge. In order to sustain the HealthMeasures resource, Northwestern University has developed a cost-recovery structure for certain applications and consulting servicesExternal Web Site Policy. More information is available on the HealthMeasures websiteExternal Web Site Policy.

Although the measures in the HealthMeasures resource were developed and initially validated in English and Spanish within the U.S., they are increasingly being used around the world. Some measures have been translatedExternal Web Site Policy into more than 40 languages and are being deployed in over 50 different countries.


HealthMeasures was funded as a 5-year trans-NIH cooperative agreement grant (U2C CA186878External Web Site Policy). The goal was to make HealthMeasures a sustainable resource, independent from NIH funding. To support the transition to full independence, NIH reduced funding annually over the course of the award and strategic public-private partnerships were required. The agreement was awarded in August 2014 to Northwestern University and included five performance sites (University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Diego, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, and American Institutes of Research).


Last Updated: 19 Apr, 2024