The Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36) is a widely used measure of health-related quality of life, however, its suitability for frail older persons is not well documented.
This study examines the measurement properties of the SF-36 in a frail older patient population.
Patients consecutively admitted to two geriatric services (n=146) were administered the SF-36 and comparative measures on admission and discharge.
Internal consistency (0.75-0.91) and test-retest reliability (0.24-0.80) did not meet standards for clinical application of the tool.
Four subscales were moderately correlated with comparative measures (Physical Function 0.53 to - 0.76 ; Bodily Pain - 0.61 ; Vitality - 0.58 ; Mental Health - 0.63).
The results of effect size, standardized response mean, and relative efficiency statistics were consistent in documenting only minimal change for the SF-36 subscales.
The SF-36 appears to be reliable and valid, although its ability to monitor clinical change for frail older patients is questionable.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Qualité vie, Indicateur, Echelle évaluation, Epidémiologie, Méthode mesure, Méthodologie, Evaluation performance, Vieillard, Homme, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé physique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Quality of life, Indicator, Evaluation scale, Epidemiology, Measurement method, Methodology, Performance evaluation, Elderly, Human, Canada, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0512242
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 23/03/1999.