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  1. Development and testing of the UK SF-12.

    Article - En anglais


    The 36 item short form health survey (SF-36) has proved to be of use in a variety of settings where a short generic health measure of patient-assessed outcome is required.

    This measure can provide an eight dimension profile of health status, and two summary scores assessing physical function and mental well-being.

    The developers of the SF-36 in America have developed algorithms to yield the two summary component scores in a questionnaire containing only one-third of the original 36 items, the SF-12.

    This paper documents the construction of the UK SF-12 summary measures from a large-scale dataset from the UK in which the SF-36, together with other questions on health and lifestyles, was sent to randomly selected members of the population.

    Using these data we attempt here to replicate the findings of the SF-36 developers in the UK setting, and then to assess the use of SF-12 summary scores in a variety of clinical conditions.


    Factor analytical methods were used to derive the weights used to construct the physical and mental component scales from the SF-36.

    Regression methods were used to weight the 12 items recommended by the developers to construct the SF-12 physical and mental component scores.

    This analysis was undertaken on a large community sample (n=9332), and then the results of the SF-36 and SF-12 were compared across diverse patient groups (Parkinson's disease, congestive heart failure, sleep apnoea, benign prostatic hypertrophy). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Questionnaire, Méthodologie, Evaluation, Société, Sociologie, Santé mentale, Technique mesure, Qualité vie, Mode de vie, Métrologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Questionnaire, Methodology, Evaluation, Society, Sociology, Mental health, Measurement technique, Quality of life, Life habit, Metrology

    Notice produite par :
    ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/07/1998.