New assessment tools in AAD’s DataDerm


By Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, MSCE
Chair, AAD Performance Measurement Task Force

I’m pleased to announce the addition of new assessment tools to AAD’s clinical data registry, DataDermTM. These tools will help AAD members locate information to ensure adequate data collection.

In January, the Academy launched tools for the following three measures:

  • 131: Pain Assessment and Follow-Up
    • Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)
    • Faces Pain Scale (FPS)
    • McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ)
    • Multidemensional Pain Inventory (MPI)
    • Neuropathic Pain Scale (NPS)
    • Numeric Rating Scale (NRS)
    • Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)
    • Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ)
    • Verbal Descriptor Scale (VDS)
    • Verbal Numeric Rating Scale (VNRS)
    • Visual Analog Scale (VAS)
  • 410: Psoriasis: Clinical Response to Oral Systemic or Biologic Medications
    • Body Surface Area (BSA)
    • Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)
    • Physician Global Assessment (PGA)
    • Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)
  • 431: Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Screening and Brief Counseling
    • Audit Screening Instrument
    • Audit-C Screening Instrument
    • Single Questions Screening

Additional tools are in development to assist members in understanding, documenting, and collecting measure data.

How to access the tools

You’ll find the new measures tools in the Resource tab in DataDerm. See the instructions below on how to locate the tools.

1. Go to

2. Enter your member ID and password to login to DataDerm.

DataDerm_resources_1.pngDataDerm_resources_2.png3. On the left column, locate the “Tools” tab and click the "+" sign.

A drop down menu will appear. Then click the “Resources” tab.


4. The list of measures with available resources will appear on your screen. Currently, there are three measures with available resources on DataDerm. To access the resource links and documents, click the "+" sign next to the measure number.


5. A list of available resources will appear under “Tools.” For example, four assessment tools referenced in the measure specifications will appear for measure 410. Clicking on each tool’s title will direct you to a web link with the assessment tool listed. Additional information or directions will be listed next to the assessment tool’s title if applicable. DataDerm_resources_4.png