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36-Item Short Form Survey

36-Item Short Form Survey

What is SF-36

The 36-Item Short Form Survey (SF-36) is a set of generic, coherent, and easily administered quality-of-life measures.It taps eight health concepts: physical functioning, bodily pain, role limitations due to physical health problems, role limitations due to personal or emotional problems, emotional well-being, social functioning, energy/fatigue, and general health perceptions. It also includes a single item that provides an indication of perceived change in health.

SF-36 Printable PDF

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SF-36 Scoring and Interpretation

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Quality of life

What does SF-36 measure

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • routine monitoring, and
  • assessment of care outcomes



Type of outcome tool


Assessment modes


Age and eligibility

14 years and above

Estimated time

Less than 10 minutes


Since the questionnaire relies on client self-report, all responses should be verified by the clinician, and a definitive diagnosis is made on clinical grounds taking into account how well the client understood the questionnaire, as well as other relevant information from the client.

Question 2 covers change in health status over the past year; this is not counted in scoring the eight dimensions, but is used to estimate change in health from a cross-sectional administration of the SF-36.

The survey may be used with disease specific measures as an outcome measure in clinical practice and research.

Attribution and References

Developed at RAND as part of the Medical Outcomes Study.