36-Item Short Form Survey (SF-36)

As part of the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS), a multi-year, multi-site study to explain variations in patient outcomes, RAND developed the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) in 1992. SF-36 is a set of generic, coherent, and easily administered quality-of-life measures. These measures rely upon patient self-reporting and have been widely used.

While the SF-36 is provided for public use under certain terms and conditions, we also refer users to the PROMIS measures, available at https://www.healthmeasures.net/, which have been more recently developed and updated.

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More Information about Summary Scores

For those interested in information about the physical and mental health summary scores and the work done to create a single score, we suggest the following articles: