Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

SF-8TM Health Survey

  • Vasoontara YiengprugsawanEmail author
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Benjawan Tawatsupa
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3664



The SF-8™ is an abbreviated version of an original 36-item health survey (SF-36 Health Survey). It contains psychometrically based physical and mental health summary measures. The eight domains include general health, physical functioning, role physical, bodily pain, vitality, social functioning, mental health, and role emotional.


SF-8™ is a generic multipurpose short-form health-related quality of lifeinstrument and was developed by the RAND Corporation and the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) in the 1980s, which was originally a short-form health survey with 36 questions. The SF-8™ was developed primarily for use in large surveys of general and specific populations, for comparing the burden of diseases across different age, disease, and treatment groups. The SF-8™ has been shown to be effective monitoring population health and large-scale outcomes studies. The SF-8™ has been translated in over 30 different...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthew Kelly
    • 1
  • Benjawan Tawatsupa
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for Epidemiology and Population HealthANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia