This site is a compendium of tools used in APN related research.
Along with the name and reference of the tool, we've listed:
Other APN studies that have used the tool
Author contact information
Where available, a PDF of the tool
You can browse the tools using the Main Menu on the left, or click here.
When using instruments in your work, please acknowledge the authors by citing their original work and contact them for permission to use or modify where indicated.
Please note: The development of the toolkit remains in progress. More instruments will be added as summaries are completed.
Submit Your Instruments For Review
Researchers interested in submitting original research instruments can do so via email,
Please submit your name and contact information along with the name of your instrument and the citation of the published APN study where this instrument was used.
The PEPPA Framework
The measurement instruments listed on this website have been organized according to the Participatory, Evidence-based, Patient-focused Process, for guiding the development, implementation, and evaluation of Advanced practice nursing (PEPPA) framework.
Click here to learn more about the framework and its steps.
Identification of APN Research
Research studies and measurement instruments that have been used in APN research were located through an extensive literature review.
CINAHL (1982-2008), EMBASE (1980-2008), and MEDLINE (1950-2008) were searched using the following keywords: Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioner(s), Clinical Nurse Specialist(s), Nurse Clinicians, Nurse Anesthetists, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand.
The summaries were completed by a single reviewer. If you are aware of any errors or omissions, please let us know by sending an email to
All instruments found have been included in the toolkit, without the use of any methodological filter.
Information displayed in each toolkit summary represents all of the information found regarding that tool. Therefore, if headings are missing in a tool summary, that denotes no information is available.
Tools for which limited information is available should be approached with caution. It is very likely that these tools require further development and reliability and validity testing.
We gratefully acknowledge BC Ministry of Health Services for their generous funding support of this project.
If you have any questions or suggestion for improvement, please send us an email to
CHSRF/CIHR Chair Program in Advanced Practice Nursing
For more information about the APN Chair program, please visit http://www.apnnursingchair.mcmaster.ca/. If you're looking for APN scholarly literature, check out the APN Literature Database.