Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) provides access to information on measurement instruments in health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information sciences. HaPI does not offer access to the test instruments themselves, but includes citations to freestanding instruments as well as instruments that have only appeared in journal or technical reports (published and unpublished). Copyright permission is needed to use any of the instruments found in HaPI.

Accessing HaPI

From the Bio-Medical Library Homepage, find the Other Health-related Indexes A-Zlist. Choose H and then Health and Psychosocial Instruments. Ovid access is provided for current faculty, staff and students.

Creating a Personal Account

In order to email citations, save your search history and/or set up automatic email alerts, you will need to set up a personal account in Ovid. Click My Account in the upper right corner of the Main Search Page. On the next screen, click Create a new Personal Account. On the following screen, you will be prompted to create a Personal Account Name and Password and to enter your email address. Passwords must be between six and eight characters in length.

Searching HaPI

You search HaPI the same way you search Medline. This handout illustrates some of the differences between HaPI and Medline.

Basic Searching: Enter single word, multi-term words or the acronym of the measurement instrument. HaPI will search in the title, acronym, descriptor and abstracts fields. There is no subject “mapping” like Medline. HaPI does not use one single set of subject headings to index the database. It has descriptor terms that are subject headings found in either the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms or are MeSH (Medical Subject Headings).

Additional fields can be searched by clicking on Search Fields. Fields unique to HaPI include:

●     Acronym: of test title

●     Number of Questions: total number of items/questions in the instrument

●     Subscale Titles: titles of the instrument’s subscales

●     Reliability & Validity: notes whether the following are reported in the citation for that instrument. In these records, each of the following will be followed by a y=yes or x=no: internal consistency/parallel forms/test-retest/inter-rater reliability/ and content, criterion, and construct validity.


Applying Limits

●     You can limit your search by primary source or secondary source. Source identifies the type of resource in which information about the instruments was found by the database producer. Additional limits can be found on the Additional Limits page. 

HaPI has a set of search limits that are unique to the database. These include:

●     Latest Update: restricts retrieval to documents most recently added (items are added quarterly)

●     BMDS Availability: restricts retrieval to instruments that are available for purchase through the Behavioral Measurement Database Services.

Source Codes Limits (under Additional Limits)

●     Primary Source(PS): the citation is the original source for the instrument

●     Secondary Source(SS): the instrument was originally developed by another author, or for another study

●     Translated Source(TS): information

●     Compendium Source(CS): the instrument was described in a published collection of instruments

●     Review Source(RS): reviews of instruments in Mental Measurement Yearbook, articles & other sources

●     Publisher’s Catalog(PC): the instrument was found in a test publisher’s catalog

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