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Table 4 Mean SF-36 scale and summary scores based on alternative scoring [26] 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   Bodily pain General health Physical summary Mental summary
15–19 Male N 152 151 150 150
   Mean 86.07 79.39 53.36 49.77
   SD 18.91 18.47 6.34 8.95
  Female N 144 144 141 141
   Mean 83.21 76.12 52.14 46.82
   SD 19.38 19.23 6.44 9.04
  Total N 296 295 291 291
   Mean 84.68 77.79 52.77 48.34
   SD 19.16 18.88 6.41 9.10
20–29 Male N 327 323 321 321
   Mean 83.86 79.81 53.31 50.08
   SD 21.08 18.44 6.49 8.78
  Female N 400 397 395 395
   Mean 84.24 78.30 52.92 49.69
   SD 20.62 17.83 6.21 8.34
  Total N 727 720 716 716
   Mean 84.07 78.98 53.10 49.87
   SD 20.81 18.11 6.34 8.53
30–39 Male N 482 479 478 478
   Mean 83.04 79.10 53.04 50.74
   SD 21.29 18.21 6.90 8.56
  Female N 534 530 525 525
   Mean 80.52 78.29 51.82 49.63
   SD 23.22 20.54 8.15 9.43
  Total N 1016 1009 1003 1003
   Mean 81.72 78.68 52.40 50.16
   SD 22.35 19.46 7.60 9.04
40–49 Male N 548 543 536 536
   Mean 79.73 77.62 52.05 51.14
   SD 23.89 19.57 7.90 9.37
  Female N 529 525 518 518
   Mean 75.93 75.73 50.64 50.10
   SD 24.61 21.44 8.87 9.61
  Total N 1077 1068 1054 1054
   Mean 77.86 76.69 51.36 50.63
   SD 24.31 20.52 8.41 9.50
50–59 Male N 488 481 472 472
   Mean 76.79 72.84 50.36 51.60
   SD 24.87 21.69 9.32 9.28
  Female N 489 486 475 475
   Mean 69.64 69.47 47.58 49.46
   SD 27.78 23.81 10.85 10.15
  Total N 977 967 947 947
   Mean 73.21 71.15 49.97 50.53
   SD 26.60 22.83 10.21 9.78
60–69 Male N 340 328 316 316
   Mean 74.21 70.00 48.50 51.73
   SD 23.90 21.15 9.41 9.03
  Female N 332 321 313 313
   Mean 68.73 66.00 45.51 49.21
   SD 26.25 23.06 10.82 10.02
  Total N 672 649 629 629
   Mean 71.50 68.02 47.01 50.48
   SD 25.22 22.19 10.24 9.61
70–79 Male N 210 193 180 180
   Mean 73.94 64.57 45.60 50.32
   SD 24.74 21.74 10.50 10.50
  Female N 228 208 195 195
   Mean 64.85 62.25 41.77 47.07
   SD 29.58 22.28 11.67 11.15
  Total N 438 401 375 375
   Mean 69.21 63.37 43.61 48.63
   SD 27.71 22.02 11.27 10.95
80+ Male N 72 65 61 61
   Mean 68.54 59.01 39.08 46.65
   SD 25.20 23.42 10.86 11.34
  Female N 107 86 76 76
   Mean 56.12 59.25 37.59 45.76
   SD 29.61 20.06 10.23 10.95
  Total N 179 151 137 137
   Mean 61.12 59.14 38.25 46.15
   SD 28.51 21.49 10.50 11.09