Feasibility of Using Short Form 36 in Chinese Population Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • To explore the feasibility of using the SF-36 in Chinese population.We tested the reliability and validity of the SF-36 in 1603 rural residents, 646 urban residents, 70 high school girls, 122 patients with osteoporosis, and 150 stroke patients.The reliability and validity of the SF-36 in general were acceptable, however, the reliability and validity varied among different domains and in different populations. The reliability and validity of the domains "limitations in physical activities", "limitations in usual role activities because of physical health problems", "bodily pain", and "general health perception" were better than those of the domains "vitality", "limitations in social activities", "limitations in usual role activities because of emotional problems", and "mental health".The results indicate that we can use the SF-36 in Chinese population, but we have to pay attentions to the variance of the reliability and validity in different populations, especially for the interpretation of the results of the domains related to mental and social functions.

authors

  • Liu, C
  • Li, N
  • Ren, X
  • Li, J
  • Zhang, J
  • Sun, D

publication date

  • March 1, 2001