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PROMIS Item Bank v2.0 - Cognitive Function
Please visit this website for more information about the instrument: PROMIS website.
NeuroRehab Supplemental - Highly Recommended
Recommendations for Use: Indicated for studies requiring a measure of cognitive activity limitations.
Short Description of Instrument
The PROMIS Item Bank v2.0 - Cognitive Function is a universal assessment of patient-perceived cognitive difficulties over 4 weeks. Concepts include mental acuity, concentration, verbal and nonverbal memory, verbal fluency, perceived change in cognitive functions, extent of cognitive impairment interference on daily functioning, other's observation of cognitive impairments, and impact of cognitive dysfunction on quality of life.
The Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) contains calibrated item banks with Likert style items for approximately 70 domains (e.g., anger, anxiety, depression, fatigue (Cella et al., 2010; Garcia et al., 2007), pain (Amtmann et al., 2010), physical function, satisfaction with social activities and roles, sleep/wake disturbance, cognition and global health (Cella et al., 2010; Hays et al., 2009)). It is part of the NIH goal to develop systems to support NIH-funded research supported by all of its institutes and centers. PROMIS measures cover physical, mental, and social health and can be used across chronic conditions.
Administration:  Computer adaptive test (CAT) or short--forms:
The CAT item bank has 32 items.
There are three short forms with 4, 6, and 8 items.
Time: Variable but design based on item-response theory algorithms to minimize time.
Ages: Adult (ages 18+)
Cost: No licensing or royalty fees for English and Spanish PROMIS measures used in individual research, clinical practice, educational assessment or other application. Translations in other languages have a distribution fee. Permission is required for commercial use or integration into proprietary technology; see PROMIS Terms and Conditions of Use for details.
Afrikaans, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Kannada, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Odia/Orya, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu; see PROMIS Translations for details.
Advantages: Brief, yet reliable.
Comments/Special Instructions
NeuroRehab Specific: The PROMIS Item Bank v2.0 - Cognitive Function is a self-report measure of cognitive weaknesses.
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: T scores for all scales.
In all cases, a high score means more of a domain.
Standardization Population: For most domains, T-scores relate to the US General Population. See PROMIS Calibrations Testing for further details regarding sample for specific ages and domains.
Scoring Manual is available at: PROMIS Cognition Function Scoring Manual.
Psychometric Properties: Substantial qualitative and quantitative evidence has been gathered that supports the validity of PROMIS measures. More information about validation is available at: PROMIS Validation
Strengths/Weaknesses: Provides a measure of the participant's perspective and experiences with cognitive difficulties in daily functioning. Results may differ from performance measures due to a number of factors, including reduced ecological validity of performance measures as well as reduced insight and awareness of deficits on the part of the participant.  
Amtmann D, Cook KF, Jensen MP, Chen WH, Choi S, Revicki D, Cella D, Rothrock N, Keefe F, Callahan L, Lai JS. Development of a PROMIS item bank to measure pain interference. Pain. 2010;150(1):173-182.  
Cella D, Yount S, Rothrock N, Gershon R, Cook K, Reeve B, Ader D, Fries JF, Bruce BRM. The patient reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS): progress of an NIH roadmap cooperative group during its first two years. Med Care. 2007;45:S3-S11.   
Cella D, Riley W, Stone A, Rothrock N, Reeve B, Yount S, Amtmann D, Bode R, Buysse D, Choi S, Cook K, Devellis R, DeWalt D, Fries JF, Gershon R, Hahn EA, Lai JS, Pilkonis P, Revicki D, Rose M, Weinfurt K, Hays R; PROMIS Cooperative Group. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) developed and tested its first wave of adult self-reported health outcome item banks: 2005-2008. J Clin Epidemiol. 2010;63(11):1179-1194.   
Garcia SF, Cella D, Clauser SB, Flynn KE, Lad T, Lai JS, Reeve BB, Smith AW, Stone AA, Weinfurt K. Standardizing patient-reported outcomes assessment in cancer clinical trials: a patient-reported outcomes measurement information system initiative. J Clin Oncol. 2007;25(32):5106-5112.   
Hays RD, Bjorner JB, Revicki DA, Spritzer KL, Cella D. Development of physical and mental health summary scores from the patient-reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS) global items. Qual Life Res. 2009;18(7):873-880.   
Lai JS, Wagner LI, Jacobsen PB, Cella D. Self-reported Cognitive Concerns and Abilities: Two sides of one coin? Psycho-Oncology. 2014;23(10):1133-1141.
Document last updated January 2022