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Title: SF-36 and the development of new assessment tools for quality of life
Other Titles: O SF-36 e o desenvolvimento de novas medidas de avaliação de qualidade de vida
Authors: Campolina, Alessandro Gonçalves [UNIFESP]
Ciconelli, Rozana Mesquita [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: quality of life
health economics
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2008
Publisher: Medfarma-edicoes Medicas, Lda
Citation: Acta Reumatologica Portuguesa. Alges: Medfarma-edicoes Medicas, Lda, v. 33, n. 2, p. 127-133, 2008.
Abstract: The use of assessment tools for quality of life has allowed the incorporation of the views of patients in health decision-making. This article presents the characteristics and changes experienced by one of the most used questionnaires of quality of life, at present: the Short Form 36-item Health Survey (SF-36). We also discuss the issues related to the construction, properties and applications of this measuring tool and other derived measures as: the SF-12, the SF-8, the Dynamic Health Assessment (DYNHA) and the SF-6D. We emphasize the use of the SF-36 for assessing the effectiveness of interventions in health, the SF-12 for the tracking of health disorders, the SF-8 for the monitoring of population health; the DYNHA for individualized evaluations in clinical practice and the SF-6D for economic analysis in health. Information on the versions validated for Portuguese language and the permission to use the questionnaires are provided.
ISSN: 0303-464X
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