The UToledo Libraries provide access to the classic e-book Measurement in Nursing and Health Research. Access this text by following the link below.
The following video tutorial provides step-by-step instructions to help you search for outcome measurement tools using library research databases, specifically CINAHL and PsycINFO:
To view specific segments of this video tutorial, follow the links below:
In addition to the video tutorial above, this page provides further guidance on how to locate outcome measurement tools as well as psychometric studies about the validity/reliability of outcome measurement tools. Click the links below to jump to a specific section of this page:
Library databases, such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, or PsycINFO, can be great starting points to search for outcome measurements (including research instruments, tools, surveys, scales, questionnaires, etc.) to evaluate the outcome of your DNP EBP project.
Below are a few tips and tricks that you can use to begin your search for an outcome measurement.
Search by Outcome
When starting an EBP project, the majority of practitioners will not automatically know what validated instrument to use to assess/evaluate outcomes. Therefore, it is necessary to search for one that can be used.
In CINAHL (and other library databases) you can combine your search terms for your outcome (i.e. quality of life) with specific search terms for measurement tools, such as:
Below is a screenshot of a search strategy in CINAHL (in Advanced Search mode) for finding outcome measurements used in articles about quality of life:
In the search example above, search terms for outcome measurement type were specifically searched in the AB Abstract field by selecting it from the drop-down menu. This is optional, but can sometimes be helpful for finding highly relevant articles on outcome measurements.
In addition to the search steps described above, there is another method (in the CINAHL database specifically) to narrow your results to articles about outcome measures/research instruments.
Follow these steps in CINAHL:
Psychometric studies are research articles that evaluate a specific outcome measurement tool's validity and reliability.
You can find these types of studies by conducting a search in a library database, including CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and others.
When conducting your database search, enter the specific name of the known outcome measurement tool in the search box, and combine it with the search terms: psychometric OR validity OR reliability.
Below is a screenshot of a search strategy in CINAHL (in Advanced Search mode) for finding psychometric studies on the Beck Depression Inventory:
In the search example above, search terms were specifically searched in the TI Title field by selecting it from the drop-down menu. This is optional, but is strongly recommended for narrowing your search to psychometric studies on specific outcome measurement tools/instruments.