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Top 10 Research Measurements on ProofPilot for 2017

The ProofPilot measurement library includes surveys, connected health device integrations, and tools to use mobile phone functionality to collect data. In September, we updated our website and systems to track better what measurements are the most popular, and how they related to others.

Given the propensity for “Top 10s” this time of year, we’d thought we’d do one too. We expect to make this at least an annual tradition.

#10: Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease 6-Item Scale

Generally incurable, but ongoing issues affects nearly 40% of Americans and a large share outside US borders. Chronic conditions need continued attention including ongoing medication adherence, behavior adjustments, and lifestyle changes. Given the scale, and patient responsibilities, it’s no surprise that a scale rating a participants ability, willingness, and interest in managing their illness would rank high. This is an ideal measurement, along with something like the Readiness to Change Scale for use at the beginning of a study to gauge personal biases and abilities in carrying out self-service treatments and behavior changes for better health.

#9 Homophobia Scale:

ProofPilot got its start creating technologies for HIV prevention studies that were mostly geared towards gay men, so there are many scales in our library related to sexual health and the LGBT community. The Homophobia scale ranking so high versus some more specific LGBT specific health measures surprised us. Drilling into the data shows an international focus. While more than 50% of all ProofPilot users are American, more than 80% of the Homophobia Scale users come from outside the US. We’ll be interested in seeing the Homophobia scale used in studies modeled after Micheal LaCour’s highly controversial findings (many say the data was faked) on brief interpersonal interactions changing hearts and minds. Subsequent studies on transgendered individuals show the technique has a significant impact.

#8 Nutrition Quality of Life Scale:

ProofPilot and partner Thrive Market hope to do even more nutrition studies in 2018. Beyond nutrition and weight loss fads, we’re excited about the prospects of real foods not only treating, but even preventing chronic illnesses with similar efficacy as some pharmaceutical drugs. Everyone has to eat, and if eating can be enjoyable and solve major health issues at the same time, it’s a win on so many different levels. We’re using the Nutritional Quality of Life as a scale in studies that also include a 30 Day Dietary Recall assessment based on the CDCs National Health and Nutrition Survey.

#7 Diabetes Self Efficacy Scale.

Treatment adherence in chronic disease is key. Diabetes, among the most common incurable chronic diseases, is growing fastest in low and middle-income countries. In 2014 8.5% of the world’s population suffers from what was once called “a sugar disease.” With daily medication, dietary changes and continued blood testing require constant management.

#6 Body Image Questionnaire for Females.

Body image issues perpetuated by the media have been ever-present issues for women over the past several decades. Photoshop and filters exacerbate the issues. Not to be left out, The Body Image Questionnaire for Men, while not in the Top 10 is still ranked highly at #37.

#5 Mental Health Inventory.

Everyone knows that exercise and diet affect long-term health outcomes. The fact Mental Health Inventory ranks up at #5 (with the Brief Mood Introspection Scale at #4) shows how far we’ve come as a society realizing the effect mental health has on physical health outcomes. The World Health Organization identifies mental health issues like depression as among the most pressing global pandemics facing society.

#4 Brief Mood Introspection Scale.

Your mood affects every aspect of your health. A bad mood can make us eat more junk food to and reduce our motivation to get some exercise. We’d love to see a study about how mental health and daily mood affect treatment adherence. Might be we launch ourselves in 2018.

#3 Centrality of Religiosity Scale.

In Blue Zones, those areas of the world where people live, on average, longer than other locations, religion is a key part of the culture. Some studies have shown that being religious is associated with a lower risk of death. This may be due to social support and reduced rates of depression. Other Blue Zone scales that measure habits identified in blue zones include the 30 Day Dietary Recall, Physical Activity Assessment, Alcohol Consumption, Community Connectedness Assessment and Jenkins Sleep Scale.

#2 Academic Procrastination Scale.

At ProofPilot we imagine university grad students and research assistants struggling with papers and other assignments searching the web for reasons why they procrastinate. Beyond poor work outcomes, academic procrastination has been linked to higher levels of stress and poor wellbeing. It’s no wonder we see this scale used in conjunction with the Perceived Stress Scale, and one of our favorites, the Oxford Happiness Scale.

#1 Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire.

In our highly polarized world, with continued coverage of terrorism and mass shootings, we’re not surprised to see a series of mental health, mood and aggression questionnaires ranking so highly. Not only is the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire the most popular measurement on ProofPilot, but it is also the 6th most visited page on our website. Mindfulness and stress assessments like the Five Facet Mindfulness Scale may pair well with the Perceived Stress Scale may pair well with the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire.

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