Overview of the SF-36 Health Survey and the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Activities of Daily Living; Factor Analysis, Statistical; *Health Status Indicators; Humans; International Cooperation; Psychometrics; *Quality of Life; Reproducibility of Results


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


This article presents information about the development and evaluation of the SF-36 Health Survey, a 36-item generic measure of health status. It summarizes studies of reliability and validity and provides administrative and interpretation guidelines for the SF-36. A brief history of the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project is also included.

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Citation: J Clin Epidemiol. 1998 Nov;51(11):903-12. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of clinical epidemiology

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