A Microcomputer Program (sf36.exe) that Generates SAS Code for Scoring the SF-36 Health Survey

by Ron D. Hays, Cathy D. Sherbourne, Karen Spritzer, Wilfrid Joseph Dixon

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This paper describes a microcomputer that can be used to generate SAS code for scoring the SF-36 Health Survey, one of the most widely used measures of health-related quality of life today. The generated SAS code can be used to create the 8 SF-36 scale scores and the SF-36 physical and mental health composite scores. In addition, the program produces code that provides U.S. general population normative scores, age and gender adjusted to one's sample. The significance of the difference between the sample and the general population are included. Selected SF-36 publications are cited. The SF-36 Health Survey items are given in the Appendix.

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