SF Health Surveys

The Optum SF™ Health Surveys capture practical, reliable and valid information about functional health and well-being from the patient's point of view. They are considered generic health surveys because they can be used across age, disease and treatment group, and are appropriate for a wide variety of applications. Conversely, disease-specific health surveys are focused on a particular condition or disease.

The SF-36v2®, SF-12v2® and SF-8™ Health Surveys measure the same eight health domains, and each survey provides psychometrically-based physical component summary (PCS) and mental component summary (MCS) scores.

These surveys are for adults 18 years of age and older, and can be self-administered or interview-administered. Multiple other modes of administration are offered, such as online, PDA and more. Translations are available for multiple languages and countries. In fact, the SF-36v2 is currently available in more than 170 translations.

Scores are calibrated so that 50 is the average score or norm. This norm-based score allows comparison among the three surveys and across the more than 19,000 studies published in the past 20 years. This bibliography includes studies of hundreds of diseases, conditions and populations, and greatly enhances the ability to interpret SF health survey data in new studies.

The SF Health Surveys are the most widely used tools in the world for measuring patient-reported outcomes, with more than 41,000,000 surveys taken and over 32,000 licenses issued to date. Whether you're working with large populations or individual patients, there's a generic health survey to do the job. This excerpt from the User's Manual for the SF-36v2® Health Survey, Second Edition discusses which survey is best in different circumstances.

SF-36v2 Health Survey

The Optum™ SF-36v2® Health Survey asks 36 questions to measure functional health and well-being from the patient's point of view. It is a practical, reliable and valid measure of physical and mental health that can be completed in five to ten minutes. We refer to it as a generic health survey because it can be used across age (18 and older), disease, and treatment group, as opposed to a disease-specific health survey, which focuses on a particular condition or disease.

SF-12v2 Health Survey

The Optum™ SF-12v2® Health Survey is a shorter version of the SF-36v2® Health Survey that uses just 12 questions to measure functional health and well-being from the patient’s point of view.

SF-8 Health Survey

The Optum™ SF-8™ Health Survey measures the same eight health domains as the SF-36v2® Health Survey using only eight questions. It can be completed in one to two minutes and works best for both monitoring population health and large-scale outcomes studies.

SF Health Surveys with PIQ-6

Designed for efficiency, the SF-36v2® Health Survey with PIQ-6™ and the SF-12v2® Health Survey with PIQ-6™ simultaneously measure overall health, pain severity and the impact of pain on functional health and well-being.