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Clin Invest Med. 1997 Aug;20(4):224-38.

Readying a US measure of health status, the SF-36, for use in Canada.

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School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, Que.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To culturally adapt and translate for use in French- and English-speaking areas of Canada the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), a carefully developed and standardized measure that is useful for assessing the outcomes for care.

DESIGN:

For the Canadian French version, the methods involved forward and backward translations, quality ratings of the translated product, a scaling exercise and pilot tests. A process of cultural adaptation, along with the scaling exercise and pilot tests, was used to create a form in Canadian English.

RESULTS:

The authors produced acceptable versions of the SF-36 in Canadian French and English.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although further psychometric testing of the Canadian versions of the SF-36 is desirable, they are now available for use in clinical practice and research in Canada.

PMID:
9258577
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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