|Validity||The degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful.|
|Reliability||The degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure.|
Published means commercially published, and that the instrument is typically available for sale. You can find reviews of many published instruments, including validity and reliability data, in Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print Database.
Unpublished means that the instrument has not been commercially published. You can find reviews of unpublished instruments in many of the Resources for Identifying Instruments. If you are not sure where to start, try HaPI.
The LANSS (Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs Pain Scale) is an unpublished instrument.
You can search for reviews of instruments by using almost any library database, including those named in this guide.
To search for a review, look for the instrument by name and add the words review, reliability or validity to your search. See examples below: