Social Support Survey: RAND Medical Outcomes Study

This brief, self-administered Social Support Survey instrument was developed for patients in the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS), a two-year study of patients with chronic conditions. It is easy to administer to chronically ill patients, and the items are short, simple, and easy to understand. It may also be appropriate for use with other populations.

Available Documents

MOS Social Support Survey Instrument


Scoring Instructions for Social Support Survey Instrument

The scoring instructions include references to many articles that describe the process by which the measures were developed and discuss their validity and reliability.

Measuring Function and Well-Being: The Medical Outcomes Study Approach (1992)
Stewart AL, Ware JE., eds. (1992)


Other instruments from the Medical Outcomes Study

This website offers a list of all instruments that have been approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Medical Outcomes Trust.


Bibliography for the RAND Medical Outcomes Study