A short form general health survey using 6 items can be used to rapidly screen a person for recent health status.
Items for General Health survey:
(1) current health perceptions
(2) physical functioning
(4) psychological distress (mental health)
(5) role functioning
(6) social functioning
Example Question: (1) In general, would you say your health is:
survey score =
= SUM(points for the 6 items)
• minimum score: 6
• maximum score: 31
• The higher the score, the worse the person's recent health.
• The score can be converted to a percentage as:
percentage of optimum =
= ((31 – (survey score)) / 25) * 100%
Dr Ware has formed a company for distributing the SF-36 called Quality Metric, Inc.
Some of the SF questions are available at amIhealthy.com
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