Send to

Choose Destination
Qual Life Res. 1996 Jun;5(3):330-8.

The MOS SF-36 health survey questionnaire in severe chronic airflow limitation: comparison with the Nottingham Health Profile.

Author information

Department of Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, SA, Australia.


This study documents the cross-sectional, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures obtained at baseline for patients with severe chronic airways limitation (CAL) being assessed for home oxygen therapy (HOT) at the Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. Two generic quality of life instruments, the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) and the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) short form 36-item questionnaire (SF-36), were administered by interview to the same patients to permit comparisons to be made between the two instruments. SF-36 mean scores were also compared with scores obtained in separate studies of a South Australian elderly general population and of groups of Australian subjects with various medical and psychiatric conditions. NHP mean scores were compared with scores from an elderly group of Adelaide residents from a household survey. HRQOL measures were obtained for 60 patients, 32 males and 28 females. At assessment for HOT, patients with severe CAL were experiencing severe impairment in their quality of life in comparison to age-matched South Australian norms, with physical disability the major limitation. There were several significant correlations between the domains of the SF-36 and the NHP which were predominantly gender-specific. Only small decrements in mental health were found with the SF-36 questionnaire. The SF-36 and the NHP appear to provide discrepant information for severely disabled CAL patients for the subjective domains of emotional and mental health.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center