Looking for Health and Psychosocial Instruments? HaPI can make you happy!

If you are frustrated with wasting time while trying to find the right research instrument, HaPI is the database for you. Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) is an easy-to-use database that provides users access to information on measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) not only in the fields of health and psychosocial sciences, but also in organizational behavior and education.

Although the full text of the instruments is not included in the database, HaPI can help you with the following tasks:

  • Discovering the landscape of existing instruments in your field of study;
  • Determine the availability of reliability and validity evidence;
  • Track the history of an instrument;
  • Locate ordering information for a known instrument.

Additionally, there are several useful limit options highlighted below that can help you find specific information about the instruments.

  • Use “Primary Source” to look for the original articles where the instrument was first published or a source that contains the full text of the instrument.
  • Use “Secondary Source” to look for articles that use a particular instrument.



  • Use “Review Source” to find articles that review ta specific instrument.
  • Use “Translated Source” to find the instruments in different languages.


A good practice is evaluating the reliability and validity of a specific instrument before you decide to use it. To do this, use “Search Field” from the top of the search screen. Enter the name of the instrument and then select the following fields: Reliability, readability index and validity (see below)

hapi-field search

Utilizing these HaPI tools will help you be able to quickly and efficiently identify the research instrument appropriate for your field of study.

About Min-Lin

Min-Lin is the Education and Information Consultant for Nursing and Social & Behavioral Sciences
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