Qualtrics qsf files for CORE instruments

Created 21/3/20, updated 12/7/20 to correct error in item 8 in CORE-10.

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but has been precipitated by hearing of therapists moving from face to face work to online work because of the coronavirus pandemic and wanting to have safely confidential ways to offer online completion of measures they were using on paper before.

So far I think the option that will be most feasible for small practices or single handed practitioners will be Google forms (though I’m a bit reluctant to push more of us into the grip of the Google empire).

Another option, but probably only for larger practices who can afford some IT support or large services, is to use online survey software and I’m mounting LimeSurvey templates in line with my preference for Open Source software. A commercial equivalent of LimeSurvey that is quite widely used in universities so may be available to University therapy services, or services with university connections, is Qualtrics (https://www.qualtrics.com/). Courtesy of my continuing connection with the University of Roehampton (thanks UoR!), I have access to Qualtrics and I have created six forms that should work in any Qualtrics system. The six are:

I have given up on my usual downloads via a WordPress plugin (currently Download Monitor from Never5 as, as previously with this plugin and with every other download plugin I’ve used, it is now malfunctioning. Practically the only reason I was using it was that it enabled me to get people to tick the copyright licence conditions on the CORE instruments before downloading. I think it’s time I gave that up but please respect that these are copyright measures and so it’s illegal to change the content or otherwise abuse them, see https://www.coresystemtrust.org.uk/copyright.pdf. I would really appreciate it, particularly at this early stage, if anyone actually using the forms tells me, as I’d like to know about any issues and to be able to celebrate that doing this was worthwhile!

At the moment those are all in English, they have shortened demographic headers as I’m assuming that practitioners don’t need to ask clients to go through age, gender etc. every time. If need Qualtrics forms with the full headers then you must have access to Qualtrics so feel free to add the items of the full demographic headers back into the form, save under a new name and share them back with me (use the contact form and then we can make the exchange by Email). If you need the short forms (SF/A and SF/B) or, by any chance, the GP-CORE in English, either make them yourself or contact me again. Similarly, if you need them in any of the approved translations, contact me … and if you need a translation not on the approved translation lists then, guess what … contact me!

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