The short form-36 health survey questionnaire in spine surgery

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1997 Jan;79(1):48-52. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.79b1.1269.


The Short Form-36 (SF-36) health questionnaire has been put forward as a general measure of outcome in health care and has been evaluated in several recent studies in the UK. We report its use in three groups of patients after spinal operations and have compared it with the Oswestry and Low Back Pain disability scales. There was a significant correlation between all variables of the SF-36 and the low-back scores. The mental-health items had the weakest correlation. Our study shows that the SF-36 questionnaire is valid and has internal consistency when applied to these patients.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Back Pain / surgery
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / standards*
  • Spine / surgery*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards
  • United Kingdom