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How does the SF--36 perform in healthy populations? A structured review of longitudinal studies.

Authors
Obidoa-CA; Reisine-SL; Cherniack-M
Source
J Soc Behav Health Sci 2010 Jan; 4(1):30-48
NIOSHTIC No.
20044114
Abstract
This study examined the stability of the Medical Outcomes Study-Short Form (SF-36) in healthy populations. The researchers conducted a structured review of longitudinal studies that reported the use of SF-36 among people in their active working years ages 18 to 65. The cumulative sample size across selected studies comprised 29,868 participants. SF-36 mean scores were similar to published U.S. aggregate norms. Gender-specific changes in SF-36 scores also followed a normative trend, with women having greater declines in scores (poorer health) than men. The SF-36 was stable among healthy populations; however, its use among healthy people requires caution, particularly when considering the longitudinal effects of age.
Keywords
Questionnaires; Public-health; Age-groups; Humans; Men; Women; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: SF-36; healthy populations; stability; aging
Contact
Martin Cherniack, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030--6210
Publication Date
20100101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
cherniack@nso.uchc.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008857
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1948-3260
Source Name
Journal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences
State
CT; MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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