The Short Form 12 Health Survey (SF-12) is an abbreviated form of the SF-36 Health Survey which can be used for large scale health measurement and monitoring. It consists of 12 items which are used to calculate summary measures for physical and mental health.


Summary Measures:

(1) physical health

(1a) physical functioning

(1b) role functioning, physical

(1c) bodily pain

(1d) general health

(2) mental health

(2a) vitality

(2b) social functioning

(2c) role functioning, emotional

(2d) mental health


physical health subscore =

= SUM(points for questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)


emotional health subscore =

= SUM(points for questions 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12)




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Some of the SF questions are available at


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