PROSPR Shared Resource

The Patient-Reported Outcomes, Survey & Population Research (PROSPR) Shared Resource provides researchers with access to state-of-the-art patient-reported outcome (PRO), quality of life, psychological and behavioral questionnaires and assessment methods. Our services include assisting investigators in identifying existing measures, developing new measures and designing data collection strategies and conducting psychometric analysis. The PROSPR Shared Resource will also develop databases for the questionnaire data entry, participant tracking databases and computer- and web-based assessments. We also provide fitness and body composition assessments including VO2 max testing, accelerometers to measure activity, including the ability to lease accelerometers for a study, anthropometric measurements, physical functioning tests, strength assessments using the Biodex system, DXA scans, and venous blood draws.

The PROSPR Shared Resource maintains a library of existing questionnaires, along with information pertaining to their reliability, validity and scoring. The PROSPR Shared Resource also provides assessment services related to energy balance research, focusing on both body composition and assessment of physical fitness and exercise behavior.

Getting Started

Consultations may be initiated by contacting the Core Manager, Carrie Howard, at (713) 745-6333 or by email to or

Initial consultations usually consist of a brief meeting to discuss the investigator's needs and the type of services he or she requires. The Core manager, in consultation with other PROSPR staff, then prepares an estimate of the effort and personnel costs involved. The investigator is provided with a service proposal that must be signed before the start of any work. Issues considered when determining the level of staff and percent effort required are as follows:

  • Research needed to determine the appropriate assessment tools
  • Number of questionnaires to be administered and the length of each of these questionnaires
  • Total patient accrual and data collection procedures
  • Database development needs
  • Data entry requirements
  • Data support for analysis

Core Grant Citation

This facility is funded by NCI # CA016672. Publications should cite the Core grant in the acknowledgment section, if publications use data generated with the assistance of the Core facility. Two copies of the publication acknowledging the Core grant should also be submitted to the PROSPR Shared Resource, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1330, Houston, TX, 77030.

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