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SF-36 Quality of Life Scale

Originated by: Rita Williams

Submitted: 26 Apr 2011

Last updated on: 26 Apr 2011

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Many patients living with a chronic disease have a reduced quality of life (QoL). QoL is an important outcome considered by patients, their support network and clinicians. As a result, QoL has become a significant endpoint in clinical trials as well as in ongoing patient care. Reduced QoL can be identified through specific limitations in physical, role, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning.

SF-36 is one validated tool to measure QoL. Researchers and clinicians often create their own QoL self-report instruments.

SF-36 is a multi-purpose instrument with 36 questions. It is a generic tool that can be used for general and specific populations. It can also be used in various disease states.

QualityMetric (http://www.sf-36.org/) issues a license for use of the SF-36.


Bibliography on the development and validation of the SF-36 available at : http://www.sf-36.org/tools/acknowledgement.shtml

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