Using the PhenX Toolkit to Select Standard Measurement Protocols for Your Research Study

Lisa Ann Cox, Stephen Hwang, Jonathan Haines, Erin M. Ramos, Catherine A. McCarty, Mary L. Marazita, Michelle L. Engle, Tabitha Hendershot, Huaqin Pan, Carol M. Hamilton

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Abstract

The goals of PhenX (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposures) are to promote the use of standard measurement protocols and to help investigators identify opportunities for collaborative research and cross-study analysis, thus increasing the impact of individual studies. The PhenX Toolkit (https://www.phenxtoolkit.org/) offers high-quality, well-established measurement protocols to assess phenotypes and exposures in studies with human participants. The Toolkit contains protocols representing 29 research domains and 6 specialty collections of protocols that add depth to the Toolkit in specific research areas (e.g., COVID-19, Social Determinants of Health [SDoH], Blood Sciences Research [BSR], Mental Health Research [MHR], Tobacco Regulatory Research [TRR], and Substance Abuse and Addiction [SAA]). Protocols are recommended for inclusion in the PhenX Toolkit by Working Groups of domain experts using a consensus process that includes input from the scientific community. For each PhenX protocol, the Toolkit provides a detailed description, the rationale for inclusion, and supporting documentation. Users can browse protocols in the Toolkit, search the Toolkit using keywords, or use Browse Protocols Tree to identify protocols of interest. The PhenX Toolkit provides data dictionaries compatible with the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) data submission compatibility, and data collection worksheets to help investigators incorporate PhenX protocols into their study design. The PhenX Toolkit provides resources to help users identify published studies that used PhenX protocols. © 2021 The Authors. Current Protocols published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. Basic Protocol: Using the PhenX Toolkit to support or extend study design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere149
JournalCurrent Protocols
Volume1
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Award Number U41HG007050, with co‐funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Office of the Director (OD), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Administrative Supplement Award Number 3U41HG007050‐08S1 funded by the Office of the Director (OD), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the NIH. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. Current Protocols published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.

Keywords

  • data collection protocols
  • environmental exposures
  • genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • phenotypes
  • standard measures
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Interdisciplinary Research/methods
  • Databases as Topic
  • Phenotype
  • Genome-Wide Association Study/methods
  • Human Genetics/methods
  • Software/standards

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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