Health Measurement Research Group
Our Goals     Health care professionals and policy makers in the U.S. have set high goals for improving the health and well-being of the public in the coming years. Understanding how well these health goals are met requires having measures of health-related quality of life that can be used across different settings and different groups of people. The goals of our research group are to evaluate the use of widely used health measures, understand the strengths and limitations of each, and create a versatile "toolbox" of summary measures of health that can be used to track changes in the public’s health over time.








June 29,2009
The NHMS public data set is now available at these archival web sites:

University of Wisconsin BADGIR web archive:   

Univ. of Wisconsin Data Information Services Center:   

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging:   

Current Projects

The National Health Measurement Study Updated 5/22/08
From June 2005 to August 2006 we conducted a national telephone survey of 3,844 adults between the ages of 35 and 89 to obtain age and gender "benchmarks" for health measures in the adult U.S. population. We are in the data analysis phase and are exploring how these health measures are related to other factors, including obesity, chronic diseases and psychological well-being. Our public use data set is available to other researchers (see links above). Click on the "National Health Measurement Study" heading above to learn more about this research.

Health Measurement in Patients:
Tracking Clinical Outcomes

We are evaluating the usefulness of self-completed questionnaires to measure health-related quality of life among clinical patients. We are following 1-month and 6-month outcomes of two patient populations with age-related disease: heart failure patients and cataract extraction patients. Patients will be asked to complete mailed surveys regarding their health-related quality of life at these time periods. The study will then compare these results to patients’ baseline assessments.

Health Measurement in Patients:
Does Measurement Method Make a Difference?

We are evaluating the extent to which the measurement method affects health-related quality of life assessment. For the same patients enrolled in the "Tracking Clinical Outcomes" study (above), we will gather 6-month outcome data on health-related quality of life measures from telephone interviews. The study will then compare these results to those gathered from the self-completed questionnaires.