The SF-36v1® was developed in 1990. The SF-36v2® (version currently in use) was developed in 1998.
The short form (SF-12®) was developed in 1996.
The SF-36 is the most frequently used PRO instrument in clinical trials today.
Ware JE; Sherbourne CD
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