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Health Questionnaires- Introduction

Health Tactics presents two highly regarded health questionnaires that individuals may choose to complete right here at our site. These health questionnaires have been placed in the public domain and are credited below.

1) CDC Health Risk Assessment

The first is a general Health Risk Assessment (HRA), published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In their document "A Framework for Patient Centered Health Risk Assessments", the CDC has provided: "an evidence-informed framework for providers, policymakers, health plans, payers, researchers, and vendors on the implementation of patient-centered health risk assessments (HRAs), follow-up activities, and monitoring of progress toward achieving health improvement goals."

Among their key goals is to: "Provide guidance to providers offering clinical preventive care, health promotion, and disease management services on ways to use HRAs followed by evidence-based health improvement programs."

The CDC has included an example Health Risk Assesment, which is reproduced here.

A couple of points should be made about this questionnaire:

  • The Health Risk Assessment is not designed to be scored. Rather, it is designed to support a discussion with one’s doctor or other health provider during a wellness or general checkup visit.
  • As such, it has been developed as part of a “patient centered” model that encourages shared decision making between the individual and their doctor.
  • We recommend you complete the HRA, which has been reproduced here. When finished, save the document as a pdf file, (in the print menu), then print it and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

    The full CDC document reference is:

    Goetzel, RZ; Staley, P; Ogden, L; Stange, P; Fox, J; Spangler, J; Tabrizi, M; Beckowski, M; Kowlessar, N; Glasgow ,RE, Taylor, MV. A framework for patient-centered health risk assessments – providing health promotion and disease prevention services to Medicare beneficiaries. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011. Available at: CDC website

    2) Stanford University HAQ Disability Index

    The second is a disability clinical health assessment, published by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Known as the HAQ Disability Index, the questionnaire “was one of the first self-report functional status (disability) measures and has become the dominant instrument in many disease areas, including arthritis”.

    This is a questionnaire that is designed to be scored.

    Please note: For liability reasons, Health Tactics will not provide the ability to score this questionnaire at this site. We do include a link to the survey from the Stanford University School of Medicine should you wish to score the questionnaire yourself:

    Stanford Website

    We recommend that you complete the questionnaire, save it as a pdf, print it and discuss it with your doctor or other health professional.

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