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Table 3 Mean SF-36 scale and summary scores based on standard scoring [8] by gender and age groups (n = 5396)

From: Measurement properties and normative data for the Norwegian SF-36: results from a general population survey

Age group Sex   Physical function Role-physical Bodily pain General health Vitality Social function Role-emotional Mental health Physical summary Mental summary
15–19 Male N 152 152 152 151 152 152 151 152 150 150
   Mean 92.93 90.79 82.76 80.75 59.11 87.91 89.62 78.51 53.76 50.84
   SD 16.14 22.23 19.94 18.22 19.78 19.05 25.59 14.86 6.32 8.62
  Female N 142 143 144 144 144 144 144 144 141 141
   Mean 93.30 88.23 79.34 77.74 52.95 84.81 81.71 74.23 53.49 47.69
   SD 14.21 24.47 20.82 19.26 18.18 19.62 31.00 15.07 7.10 9.62
  Total N 294 295 296 295 296 296 295 296 291 291
   Mean 93.11 89.55 81.09 79.28 56.11 86.40 85.76 76.43 53.63 49.31
   SD 15.21 23.34 20.41 18.76 19.24 19.36 28.58 15.09 6.70 9.24
20–29 Male N 325 325 327 323 327 327 325 327 321 321
   Mean 95.90 88.31 80.88 81.31 61.34 89.49 88.21 79.08 53.76 51.07
   SD 10.41 27.53 22.68 18.29 18.58 18.68 26.86 14.68 7.08 8.75
  Female N 399 399 400 397 398 401 399 398 395 395
   Mean 94.40 87.93 81.03 79.93 58.27 88.93 87.55 78.75 53.41 50.67
   SD 11.44 27.28 22.07 17.78 18.02 17.26 27.22 13.85 7.07 8.87
  Total N 724 724 727 720 725 728 724 725 716 716
   Mean 95.07 88.10 80.97 80.54 59.65 89.18 87.85 78.90 53.57 50.85
   SD 11.01 27.38 22.33 18.01 18.32 17.90 27.04 14.22 7.07 8.81
30–39 Male N 482 482 482 479 481 482 482 481 478 478
   Mean 94.64 87.86 80.01 80.57 62.78 89.70 90.32 80.31 53.01 52.07
   SD 10.71 27.65 22.88 18.22 19.38 17.88 25.58 14.01 7.46 8.49
  Female N 533 533 534 530 534 534 530 534 525 525
   Mean 92.47 82.83 77.28 79.82 58.36 87.29 86.98 79.00 52.04 51.02
   SD 13.67 33.24 24.26 20.66 20.24 20.49 28.77 15.46 8.90 9.56
  Total N 1015 1015 1016 1009 1015 1016 1012 1015 1003 1003
   Mean 93.50 85.22 78.57 80.17 60.45 88.44 88.57 79.62 52.50 51.52
   SD 12.40 30.80 23.64 19.54 19.95 19.33 27.34 14.80 8.25 9.08
40–49 Male N 546 547 548 543 547 549 543 545 536 536
   Mean 91.74 84.23 76.58 79.11 64.29 88.41 90.36 81.12 51.53 52.96
   SD 14.62 31.05 25.03 19.72 19.37 19.48 25.27 15.63 8.29 8.53
  Female N 530 529 529 525 529 531 526 529 518 518
   Mean 89.93 80.99 72.38 77.23 59.76 87.03 87.67 80.20 50.10 52.15
   SD 16.11 34.42 25.60 21.65 20.65 20.74 28.41 15.56 9.81 9.56
  Total N 1076 1076 1077 1068 1076 1080 1069 1074 1054 1054
   Mean 90.85 82.64 74.52 78.19 62.06 87.73 89.04 80.67 50.82 52.56
   SD 15.39 32.77 25.39 20.70 20.13 20.11 26.88 15.60 9.10 9.06
50–59 Male N 484 483 488 481 486 489 486 485 472 472
   Mean 87.04 79.30 73.53 74.22 65.25 88.42 86.76 82.87 49.21 53.90
   SD 18.64 36.13 25.92 22.01 19.87 18.76 29.42 14.56 9.80 8.15
  Female N 490 488 489 486 487 490 484 488 475 475
   Mean 82.38 71.11 66.36 70.81 58.30 83.06 84.33 80.44 46.40 52.59
   SD 21.21 40.47 28.06 24.27 22.21 24.28 32.86 16.22 11.40 9.18
  Total N 974 971 977 967 973 979 970 973 947 947
   Mean 84.69 75.18 69.94 72.51 61.77 85.74 85.55 81.65 47.80 53.25
   SD 20.10 38.57 27.24 23.23 21.35 21.85 31.19 15.46 10.72 8.70
60–69 Male N 335 336 340 328 334 339 329 333 316 316
   Mean 83.10 70.66 70.63 71.33 66.77 88.09 86.02 83.63 46.71 54.96
   SD 19.29 39.88 24.82 21.56 19.97 18.59 29.80 14.65 10.18 8.04
  Female N 334 331 332 321 329 333 329 329 313 313
   Mean 75.42 62.41 65.08 67.26 59.81 84.87 77.51 80.42 43.93 53.08
   SD 23.16 42.41 26.69 23.64 21.72 21.90 35.41 16.04 11.86 9.38
  Total N 669 667 672 649 663 672 658 662 629 629
   Mean 79.26 66.57 67.89 69.32 63.32 86.50 81.76 82.03 46.32 54.03
   SD 21.64 41.33 25.89 22.68 21.13 20.35 32.98 15.43 11.13 8.78
70–79 Male N 202 201 210 193 198 210 195 196 180 180
   Mean 74.18 57.79 70.52 65.74 61.90 82.50 74.27 82.75 44.24 53.58
   SD 24.28 42.92 25.50 22.28 23.57 25.10 37.16 16.70 10.17 8.87
  Female N 224 226 228 208 219 227 219 214 195 195
   Mean 63.28 46.61 61.84 63.29 56.69 77.09 60.27 78.53 40.84 51.10
   SD 27.20 43.94 29.73 22.89 22.80 26.05 44.32 17.96 11.35 10.12
  Total N 426 427 438 401 417 437 414 410 375 375
   Mean 68.45 51.87 66.00 64.47 59.16 79.69 66.87 80.55 42.47 52.29
   SD 26.40 43.77 28.09 22.60 23.29 25.71 41.65 17.48 10.92 9.61
80+ Male N 69 69 72 65 69 74 71 67 61 61
   Mean 60.16 34.54 65.39 59.80 55.68 75.84 55.40 79.68 38.31 50.83
   SD 27.31 41.35 25.30 23.91 22.76 28.39 42.89 17.61 10.47 10.13
  Female N 102 106 107 86 96 105 98 89 76 76
   Mean 45.84 23.35 53.50 60.34 52.36 68.21 53.40 77.59 35.99 51.84
   SD 28.64 35.57 29.11 20.83 22.93 29.67 44.32 18.21 10.59 9.64
  Total N 171 175 179 151 165 179 169 156 137 137
   Mean 51.62 27.76 58.28 60.11 53.75 71.37 54.24 78.49 37.02 51.39
   SD 28.90 38.23 28.18 22.13 22.85 29.31 43.61 17.93 10.56 9.83