Journal article

The SF36 Version 2: critical analyses of population weights, scoring algorithms and population norms

Graeme Hawthorne, Richard H Osborne, Anne Taylor, Jan Sansoni

QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The SF36 Version 2 (SF36V2) is a revision of the SF36 Version 1, and is a widely used health status measure. It is important that guidelines for interpreting scores are available. METHOD: A population sample of Australians (n = 3015) weighted to achieve representativeness was administered the SF36V2. Comparisons between published US weights and sample derived weights were made, and Australian population norms computed and presented. MAJOR FINDINGS: Significant differences were observed on 7/8 scales and on the mental health summary scale. Possible causes of these findings may include different sampling and data collection procedures, demographic characteristics, differences in da..

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