Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource

The Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource (BMSR) has more than 20 years of experience as a national leader in providing support to researchers investigating human behaviors such as:

  • Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Anthropometrics Measurement
  • Tobacco Exposure
  • General Behavioral Risk Factors
  • Quality-of-life
  • Sun Safety Behaviors
  • Sexual Practices
  • Health Habits

We can enhance the quality and efficiency of research projects by offering assistance in project development, availability of validated instruments used by numerous research groups around the country, and support for the collection and analysis of behavior and patient-reported outcomes (e.g., symptom experience, satisfaction with care, and health-related quality of life).

A wide range of accurate and reliable QUESTIONNAIRES and research designs for assessing human behavior are provided. Specialized instruments for culturally diversified populations such as Mexican Americans and Native Americans and focused diet questionnaires are also available.

SERVICES for the research community include:

  • Validated questionnaires
  • Consultation for behavioral research design
  • Web questionnaire programming and management
  • Interviewer training
  • Data collection – 24-hour dietary recalls
  • Accelerometer data collection and analysis
  • Body composition assessment
  • Consultation on use of existing health-related quality of life measures
  • Statistical summaries and analysis of diet/activity assessment data
  • Questionnaire development
  • Database creation and management

The BMSR provides technical support for the use of these questionnaires, including optical scanning technology (including image archiving and intelligent character recognition), nutrition assessment software, and light pen entry system for developmental instruments.

The BMSR has ActiGraph Accelerometers for the collection of physical activity measures. The accelerometers are small and provide a minimally invasive tool for direct measure of physical activity. BMSR also has the AntiGraph software tools to analyze activity data collected with the AntiGraph devices.  

The BMSR continues to be a leader in development of diet and activity data collection ehealth technologies. The BMSR utilizes smart phone applications and other ehealth tools to improve data quality and ease respondent burden.   

Assistance with supportive care instruments help researchers and clinicians facilitate the incorporation of quality of life assessment in clinical trials, observational studies, supportive care settings, and in clinical practice by providing technical assistance for the collection of self-reported health status and health-related quality of life data from patients and populations.

The BMSR is available to assist any investigator within The University of Arizona Cancer Center, the University of Arizona research community, as well as external research entities. Priority is given to Cancer Center investigators. Please review our list of user references; following the references is a list of peer-reviewed publications. 

The BMSR consists of a CORE RESEARCH TEAM providing expertise in dietary and human behavioral assessments. The BMSR is directed by Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, and consists of a small professional staff including an operational director, database manager, database analyst and several student research assistants. The Scientific Advisory Board has a multidisciplinary makeup of experienced researchers that address a broad spectrum of research issues, and provide consultation regarding the design, validation, and implementation of behavioral assessment in the context of clinical research.

Please explore our website to learn more about the future areas of expansion and other changes being made now to ensure that the BMSR is prepared and able to meet the needs of our Investigators.

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For more information, please contact:

Robin Whitacre

Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource
3950 S. Country Club Road, Suite 330
Tucson, Arizona 85714

(520) 626-9291 phone
(520) 626-3355 fax

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