PRAMS Questionnaires

What to know

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) questionnaire has two parts. Core questions are asked by all sites. The remaining questions are chosen from a pretested list of standard questions developed by CDC or by sites on their own.

PRAMS Questionnaire

The core portion of the questionnaire includes questions about the following:

  • Attitudes and feelings about the most recent pregnancy.
  • Preconception care.
  • Content of prenatal care.
  • Medicaid and WIC participation.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Cigarette smoking and alcohol use.
  • Health insurance coverage.
  • Physical abuse.
  • Infant health care.
  • Contraceptive use.

PRAMS uses a mixed-mode methodology. Two types of questionnaires were used for Phase 1-8 data collection. The paper self-administered questionnaire is used with the mail mode. An interviewer-administered questionnaire is used with the telephone mode. Both types of questionnaires have the same questions; however, some questions have been formatted differently to aid in the interview mode.

Starting with Phase 9 data collection in 2023, a third mode of data collection is now available via a web survey module. The web survey module uses the same question format as the paper self-administered questionnaire.

The PRAMS questionnaire is available in English and in Spanish.