As a health survey, the SF-36v2 Health Survey can be used across age, disease, and treatment groups, in contrast to a disease-specific health survey which focuses on a particular disease or condition. It measures each of the following eight health domains: Physical Functioning, Role-Physical, Bodily Pain, General Health, Vitality, Social Functioning, Role-Emotional, and Mental Health. Each health domain score contributes to the Physical Component Summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS) scores.
Other measures can be derived from SF-36v2 data, including the SF-6D® and SF-6Dv2™ preference-based utility indices; and a medical expenditure prediction to help understand the economic impact of a patient’s condition and treatment; the Mental Health Inventory Conversion for screening for depression; and a single-item measure of self-evaluated change in general health status compared to one year earlier or one week earlier.
Because the SF-36v2 uses T scores, the health domain and component summary measure scores can be compared with those from other SF™ health surveys.