Concepts and Measures

Our mission is to foster the improvements in the analysis of health related phenomena among older minority; encourage the development of methods and measures that better capture the health and determinants of health of diverse elders; promote collaboration between RCMAR sites on analysis issues; and disseminate new knowledge in this area.

Concepts and Measures

Concepts and Measures of Race/Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity

Specific Measures in Minority Populations

HealthMeasures is a website with four precise, flexible, and comprehensive measurement systems that assess physical, mental, and social health, symptoms, well-being and life satisfaction; along with sensory, motor, and cognitive function.

Measurement Evaluation Grids (MEGs) The Measurement Evaluation Grids (MEGS) provides information for summary reviews of measures. Cognition and depression have been recently updated.



CADC (University of California, San Francisco) Measurement Core Website Recommends and provides information on measures (many in English and Spanish) of several determinants of health and health disparities including socioeconomic status, interpersonal processes of care, perceived discrimination, and culture in the medical encounter. It additionally provides annotated bibliographies on methodological topics including recruitment and measurement issues in diverse populations, developing and/or translating surveys, and locating appropriate measures for use in health disparities research.


CHIME (University of California, Los Angeles) Analysis Core Website has English and Spanish language survey instruments (e.g., SF-36, Kidney Disease Quality of Life, patient evaluations of health care), resource materials (e.g., presentations)about methods of assessment of older individuals, and links to analytic resources.


MCUAAAR (University of Michigan & Wayne State University) Measurement Core Website contains information about upcoming seminars and workshops. It additionally provides research training to junior investigators through partnerships and expert consultations on measurement and design issues.


NERC (University of Colorado) American Indian and Alaska Native Methods and Measurement Resources contain Quality of Life and Health-related Quality of Life Measures, Mental Health Measures for depression English and non-English, reviews and summaries of measures, racial and ethnic identity, religiosity, epidemiological, measure development issues, methods of scale construction and other references.