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Find Assessment Measures



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

Find Assessment Measures

The PILOTS Database provides a bibliographic citation and each record includes a "test and measure" field listing the psychological and medical assessment instruments used in the research or clinical work reported in the document.

This feature enables the PILOTS Database users to:

  • Determine which instruments were used in the work described in a particular paper.
  • Determine which published papers have used a particular instrument.
  • Locate papers whose focus is the description, validation, or use of a particular instrument.

To make searching for specific assessment instruments possible, we have established a standard form of the name of each instrument that has been used in papers indexed in the PILOTS Database. These standardized names are assembled in the PILOTS Database Instruments Authority List.

Finding references on a topic connected with assessment instruments

To find papers on a topic connected with assessment instruments, select "Advanced Search," set the pull-down menu to "Subject heading (all)-SU," and type in the adjacent box one of the following:

  • Assessment instruments
  • Acute stress disorder assessment instruments
  • Depression assessment instruments
  • Dissociation assessment instruments
  • Interview schedules
  • Projective techniques
  • PTSD assessment instruments
  • Self-report instruments
  • Trauma assessment instruments

Finding references that discuss the details of a specific instrument

To find papers that discuss details of using of a specific instrument (as opposed to those in which the instrument is merely noted as having been used), combine these two techniques using both pull-down menus. For example, to look for papers that discuss the use of the Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD, type Mississippi Scale in the "Test and measure-TM" box and PTSD Assessment Instruments in the "Subject heading (all)-SU" box.

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