Use of the SF-36 among persons with spinal cord injury

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 May;83(5):390-5. doi: 10.1097/01.phm.0000124441.78275.c9.


The purpose of this study was to explore the applicability of the SF-36 for assessing health-related quality of life among persons with spinal cord injuries. A sample of 215 persons who had experienced new, traumatic spinal cord injury and who had been discharged from their initial hospitalizations for at least 1 yr were included in the study. Correlations between the SF-36's physical and mental component scores appraised and the relationship of each component to level of neurologic impairment was assessed. As expected, the two components measured separate and distinct constructs; only physical component scores were associated with impairment severity.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / psychology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*