Medical Terminology

Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)

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The SF-36 (or Short-Form Health Survey) is a questionnaire developed by RAND as a part of the Medical Outcomes Study to explain variations in patient outcomes. It is a 36-item, patient-reported survey of generic, coherent, and easily administered quality-of-life questions. The SF-36 is made up of eight scales that are summed to reach the total score. These scales include vitality, physical functioning, bodily pain, general health perceptions, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning, and mental health. The SF-36 does not include a scale to assess sleep.