Common Data Elements: Standardizing Data Collection

NLM and Common Data Elements

CDE Scenarios

The following are scenarios to help you start using the NIH Common Data Element Repository.

  1. Locating Survey Measures

You are assisting a researcher studying complications experienced by patients after a COVID-19 infection.

Can you find NIH-Endorsed survey measures for this?

HINT: Start by using the Search NIH-Endorsed CDEs function on the CDE Repository homepage. Then search for COVID complications.

  1. Identifying Measures Set

A researcher at your institution is looking for survey measures about the social determinants of health. They are funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

True or False? The NINR collection in the NIH CDE Repository includes the BRICS Social Determinants of Health form.

HINT: First, click the Forms button at the top of the CDE Repository homepage. Next, find the NINR collection and browse its available forms.

  1. Identifying Measures Set

You are designing a research study on the effects of vaping and you need to learn if your participants have a history of using tobacco. You find this CDE from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the NIH CDE Repository.

Which of the following is not a permissible value for smoking status?

HINT: Navigate to the CDE Tobacco Smoke History Status in the NIH CDE Repository.