Promoting Excellence : SF-36 & SF-12

Instrument Name:
SF-36 & SF-12

Clinical Care Tools - Clinical Assessment

John E. Ware, Jr., PhD

Author Contact Information:
QualityMetric Inc.
640 George Washington Hwy
Lincoln, RI 02865
401.334.8800, x242
[email protected] [email protected]

Stewart AL, Hays RD, Ware JE Jr. The MOS short-form general health survey. Reliability and validity in a patient population. Med Care. 1988Jul;26(7):724-35.

McHorney CA, Ware JE Jr, Rogers W, Raczek AE, Lu JF. The validity and relative precision of MOS short- and long-form health status scales and Dartmouth COOP charts. Results from the Medical Outcomes Study. Med Care. 1992 May;30(5 Suppl):MS253-65.

function, health status, symptom assessment, psychological well-being, quality of life

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