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Which questionnaires should I use?

Toolkit users presently have access to a set of questionnaires being employed by clinicians nationwide. This initial prototype set of forms may be altered depending on feedback from clinicians and the needs of the measurement needs of program.

Clinicians are free to user their clinical judgment when selecting which questionnaire to use.

Most popular choices include:

  • Adult Questionnaires
    • Well tested set of items
    • Targeted for outpatient treatment setting with patients of moderate to severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, social isolation and functioning in the workplace and/or other important tasks of daily living
    • Spanish translation available
  • Recovery Questionnaires
    • Well tested set of items used in substance abuse treatment program
    • Separate versions for individual or group treatment
  • Youth Questionnaires
    • Well tested set of items targeted for adolescents
    • Balance of items assessing internalizing and externalizing symptoms
    • May be completed by the youth or parent/guardian
    • Spanish translations available
  • Child Questionnaires
    • Well tested set of items targeted for children up to the age of 12
    • Balance of items assessing internalizing and externalizing symptoms
    • May be completed by the youth or parent/guardian
    • Spanish translations available
For more information on available questionnaires, see: ACORN Questionnaires

Other options for questionnaires

Some organizations choose other questionnaires. The ACORN toolkit was designed to permit the use of any questionnaire with adequate normative information. For example, organizations may choose to use the PHQ9 for depression or the GAD7 for anxiety. It is important to bear in mind that these questionnaires were designed as diagnostic screening questionnaires, not measures of outcome. While neither posses psychometric properties that make them ideal as outcome measures, they are sometime more acceptable because of their name recognition. The ACORN collaboration database contains one the largest normative samples for PHQ9 and GAD7 questionnaires in the world.

Organizations wishing to use questionnaires that are not currently part of the suite of questionnaires available through ACORN can do so by contacting the ACORN data center and making arrangements for custom development of questionnaires forms and associated reporting of outcomes.
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