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J Clin Epidemiol. 1998 Nov;51(11):903-12.

Overview of the SF-36 Health Survey and the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project.

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  • 1Health Assessment Lab at the Health Institute, New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA.


This article presents information about the development and evaluation of the SF-36 Health Survey, a 36-item generic measure of health status. It summarizes studies of reliability and validity and provides administrative and interpretation guidelines for the SF-36. A brief history of the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project is also included.

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