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How does the SF-36 perform in healthy populations? A structured review of longitudinal studies.
Obidoa CA; Reisine SL; Cherniack M
J Soc Behav Health Sci 2010 Jan; 4(1):30-48
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.
Questionnaires; Public-health; Age-groups; Humans; Men; Women; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: SF-36; healthy populations; stability; aging
Martin Cherniack, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030-6210
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Journal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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