NIMH Common Data Elements

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in consultation with the Wellcome Trust and other funders of mental health research, has identified a minimal list of data collection instruments that would be ideal for use by all mental health researchers conducting clinical research to facilitate and harmonize mental health data collection. In NOT-MH-20-067, NIMH announced our expectations related to the use of these common data elements. 

For research participants aged 18 or over, the following data must be collected and submitted:

  1. Age
  2. Sex at birth
  3. DSM-5 crosscutting assessment (adult)
  4. WHODAS 2.0
  5. PHQ-9
  6. GAD-7

For research participants younger than 18, the following data must be collected and submitted:

  1. Age
  2. Sex at birth
  3. DSM-5 crosscutting assessment
  4. RCADS-25

The expectation to collect these data for each NDA Collection does not preclude the use of other data collection instruments that collect similar data. Additional information can be found at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/managing-your-grant/nimh-data-sharing-for-applicants-and-awardees.

NDA will deposit what we believe to be the correct set of data structures into your NDA Collection when that NDA Collection is established. If you want to alter that initial set of data structures, please submit a ticket to the NDA Help Desk with a justification for the change. Requests not to collect the common data elements should be sent to the Program Officer for the grant award and/or to Gregory K. Farber, farberg@mail.nih.gov.

Further information about these measures, including licensing information, can be found at:

 

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