Chapter 15 SF36 Quality of Life Survey

15.1 Background

The SF36 Quality of Life Survey measures 8 general aspects of physical and mental health:

  • vitality
  • social functioning
  • role-emotional
  • mental health
  • physical functioning
  • role-physical
  • bodily pain
  • general health

and 2 composite scores for:

  • physical component score
  • mental component score

For each, the population normed scores are compiled. For each, the population norms have an average of 50. So, scores > 50 are above the population norm and scores < 50 are below.

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