Utilization and limitations of the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment instrument: A systematic review. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To analyze the literature in which researchers have utilized the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) I or the NCHA II. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: The authors selected peer-reviewed articles published between 2004 and July 2013 utilizing a single search term: National College Health Assessment. Articles were assessed for instrument use, limitations, and data analyses. RESULTS: The search resulted in 72 articles for inclusion. Researchers used the instrument to either conduct a primary investigation or utilize reference group data for secondary analysis. Researchers used many data analyses, statistical tests, techniques, and methods. Limitations of the instrument were consistently mentioned by researchers. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate limitations in the NCHA. To ensure college health professionals are gaining the best information possible regarding students on their campuses, specific improvements to the NCHA are recommended.

published proceedings

  • J Am Coll Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Rahn, R. N., Pruitt, B., & Goodson, P.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Rahn, Rhonda N||Pruitt, Buster||Goodson, Patricia

publication date

  • April 2016