Frequent Asked Questions about AHM

The AHM database is a product of an extensive literature search for articles that translate, validate, adapt or develop health measures in the Arabic language. This included multiple health literature databases such as Pubmed, CINNAHL and EMBASE databases. Both published articles and abstracts were included. The King Fahad National Library database (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), which includes literature from Saudi post graduate students, was also searched for unpublished work including thesis and manuscripts. A second search was conducted using the names of prominent authors and cross-referencing. Two epidemiologists then reviewed the articles found and excluded duplicates and those articles not meeting the inclusion criteria. A second team of epidemiologists then extracted various information from the article and entered it into a database. This included the article abstract, the name of the measure, sample size, age range, and the population or condition used to test the measure. Information on the methodology used in the article is also described with links to the article. Information on the measure was then added including a description of the measure, the area of assessment and conditions it was designed to evaluate and the age group for which it is to be used. The number of items and time to conduct the measure was also added, when available. Access to the measure is via a link to the measure or by contacting the first author of the article. AHM have attempted to provide the email for the author of the measure in order to facilitate access. A future publication will further elaborate on the methodology used to develop the database and the results of the search. The database will be updated annually using the same procedure described.

DISCLAIMER: The database describes the methodology used in the studies however the AHM team has not conducted a review of the quality of the studies used to develop these measures therefore it is to the users discretion to review the literature and assess if the measure meets their needs and standards. Inclusion of a measure into the database does not constitute an endorsement by AHM.

We are committed to abiding by copyright laws and therefore cannot provide direct access to articles or measures which are not open-access. We hope, however, that this database will facilitate the users search for information and access to the appropriate measurement tools by providing information on the tools available and the contact information of the author. For comments or more information on how the database was developed please contact us at

If you are looking for a specific measure and cannot find it in the database , you may contact us and we will conduct a further search. If it is not available then we may:
  1. Add it to the Measures wish list.
  2. If you are interested in conducting this project yourself and you would like to collaborate with us, then please let us know Contact Us

If you are searching for a questionnaire (in English) for your project, you may find the following databases helpful.

Database Types of measures URL
Agency for healthcare research and quality (AHRQ) Care coordination measures
Grid-enabled measures database Behavioral, social science, and other scientific measures
American Psychological Association Psychological measures
Rehabilitation Measures Databases Rehabilitation measures
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Measures related to child and youth mental health and program evaluation
Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS) Social sciences instruments
Physiopedia Outcome instruments for pediatric physiotherapy
The University of Vermont Libraries Research Guides Research surveys and measurement tools
Health Measures The official distribution center for PROMIS, Neuro-QoL, NIH Toolbox, and ASCQ-Me.
Buros Center for Testing- Mental measurements yearbook

If you have published or are aware of an article on the translation and validation of a measure into Arabic that is not in our database, please contact us with the information Contact Us

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We are eager to collaborate with researchers to increase the number of high quality Arabic health measures. Please contact us to discuss a collaboration Contact Us

Information such as the number of measures available in various categories etc may be cited as:
Arabic Health Measures (date retrieved). Health Sciences Research Center, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. Retrieved from : http//:

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Articles last updated: December 2020