Responsiveness of the SF-36 Questionnaire to the Treatment Outcome: A Comparison of the Mental and the Physical Patients

  •  Marzieh Atabakhsh    
  •  Mehrdad Mazaheri    


Background: The main aim of the current paper was to study the level of the SF-36 sensitivity to the treatment outcome between mental and physical patients.

Method: A random sample of 40 physical patients (Heart, Pulmonary, Kidney, Diabetes, and Rheumatism) as well as 40 mental patients (Depression, Obsession, Schizophrenia, and Psychosis) were asked to fill out the SF-36 questionnaire three times at intervals of 10-15 days.The independent as well as paired sample t-test statistic was used to analysis data. All analyses were conducted using SPSS statistical software (version 17.0; SPSS).

Results: Our findings indicated that there is a significant increase in mean score of different domain of SF'36 questionnaire, for both physical and mental patients, as they showed an improvement on their current health status. In sum, our results can provide more psychometric evidence for sf-36 sensitivity to treatment process in an Iranian sample of physical and mental patients.

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