A review of the measurement properties of the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) to determine its suitability for use in an alcohol-dependent population
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 114–123, March 2013
How to Cite
MCPHERSON, A. and MARTIN, C. R. (2013), A review of the measurement properties of the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) to determine its suitability for use in an alcohol-dependent population. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20: 114–123. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01896.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Accepted for publication: 4 January 2012
- quality of life;
- • The findings from this study reveal that the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring quality of life in a variety of populations. This facilitates the decision making of nurses and other health professionals which in turn aids them to utilize the SF-36 with added confidence and assurance.
- • The main finding was that the SF-36 would probably be a reliable and valid screening tool in an alcohol-dependent population. This finding is important to those practitioners using or about to embark to use the SF-36 in this population in that it provides further evidence to enhance their practical and research experience.
A psychometric evaluation of the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) was undertaken in contemporary studies to assess its suitability for use in an alcohol-dependent population. Three criteria were used to try and determine this: factor analysis, internal consistency reliability and test–retest reliability. Factor analysis revealed that it is mainly consistent with a bidimensional model, internal consistency reliability showed that it consistently provided scores above the recommended threshold and test–retest reliability of the SF-36 highlights that it too provided higher than suggested scores. A conclusion was reached recommending the SF-36 as a reliable screening tool in an alcohol-dependent population, but this is given in caution as no studies were found analysing the instrument in this population.