Patient Engagement In Research Scale (PEIRS)

Are you a researcher? Do you need a practical tool to determine the quality of patient engagement in your research?


Arthritis Research Canada scientists and patient research partners have created a measurement tool to do just that.


The Patient Engagement In Research Scale (PEIRS) was originally developed with 37 questions. It has since been refined to include its most essential 22 questions. The PEIRS-22, measures the degree of meaningful patient engagement in research projects from a patient perspective. 


It is designed to be completed by patients and family caregivers who work together with researchers on research projects.


The questions reflect the eight themes of a conceptual framework on meaningful patient engagement, and the questions form seven potential subscales of the PEIRS-22. Each question uses a five-point Likert rating scale.


PEIRS-22 takes approximately 3 to 7 minutes to complete.


To date, PEIRS-22 has undergone validation of several of its measurement properties.



Please email Clayon Hamilton at dr.clayonhamilton@gmail.com.



Please click here to read more about PEIRS and to access the full PEIRS study.

Please click here to download the Patient Engagement Workbook.