The Japanese version of the SF-36 has been employed
to assess individuals’ health-related QOL (HRQOL). This study aimed
to clarify the HRQOL of motorists with a spinal cord injury, in order to
compare these individuals' SF-36 scores and national standard values.
A total of 100 motorists with a spinal cord injury participated in this
study. Participants’ HRQOL was evaluated using the Japanese version
of the SF-36 (second edition). The score for each subscale was
standardized based on data on the Japanese population. The average
scores for NPF, NRP, NBP, NGH, NVT, NSF, NRE, and NMH were
10.9, 41.8, 45.9, 47.1, 46.1, 46.7, 46.0, and 47.4 points, respectively.
Subjects showed significantly lower scores for NPF and NRP
compared with national standard values, which were both ≤ 45.0
points, but relatively normal scores for the other items: NBP, NGH,
NVT, NSF, NRE and NMH (> 45.0 points). The average scores for
PCS, MCS and RCS were 21.9, 56.0, and 50.0 points, respectively.
Subjects showed a significantly lower PCS score (≤ 20.0 points);
however, the MCS score was higher (> 55.0 points) along with a
relatively normal RCS score in these individuals (= 50.0 points).