Table 2.

Measurement properties of the 36-item Short Form Health Survey Questionnaire (SF-36) scales and the altered MSQOL-54 scales

ScalesSocial functioningBodily painEnergy and vitality
SF-36MSQOL-54SF-36MSQOL-54SF-36MSQOL-54
* Percent of sample having the lowest (floor) and highest (ceiling) possible scores.
† Mean change score (discharge minus admission) divided by SD of admission scores.
p < 0.01.
MSQOL-54 = 54-item Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Scale; EDSS = Expanded Disability Status Scale; FIM = Functional Independence Measure; LHS = London Handicap Scale; GHQ = General Health Questionnaire.
Appropriateness
Score range0–1000–1000–1000–1000–1000–96
Mean (SD)55.8 (29.9)59.7 (25.3)62.8 (29.6)67.9 (28.3)43.6 (22.2)44.4 (21.3)
Floor*8.12.72.00.71.30.7
Ceiling*12.89.428.226.80.70.0
Reliability (alpha coefficient)0.830.680.890.910.830.83
Validity (correlations)
EDSS−0.29−0.34−0.07−0.07−0.06−0.03
FIM0.340.340.040.020.080.17
LHS0.530.560.270.290.360.35
GHQ−0.56−0.52−0.28−0.26−0.54−0.56
Responsiveness (effect size)0.160.170.300.320.120.13