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Written by G. Firman MD   
Thursday, 18 August 2016 04:33

Somatic symptoms are the core features of many medical diseases, and they are used to evaluate the severity and course of illness. The 8-item Somatic Symptom Scale (SSS-8) was recently developed as a brief, patient-reported outcome measure of somatic symptom burden.


The Somatic Symptom Scale–8 (SSS-8)

During the past 7 days, how much have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

Not at all

A little bit

Somewhat

Quite a bit

Very much

Stomach or bowel problems

0

1

2

3

4

Back pain

0

1

2

3

4

Pain in your arms, legs, or joints

0

1

2

3

4

Headaches

0

1

2

3

4

Chest pain or shortness of breath

0

1

2

3

4

Dizziness

0

1

2

3

4

Feeling tired or having low energy

0

1

2

3

4

Trouble sleeping

0

1

2

3

4

SSS-8 Score






 

Severity categories:
  • 0-3 No to minimal
  • 4-7 Low
  • 8-11 Medium
  • 12-15 High
  • 16-32 Very high 


References
  1. Gierk B, Kohlmann S, Kroenke K, Spangenberg L, Zenger M, Brähler E, Löwe B. The somatic symptom scale-8 (SSS-8): a brief measure of somatic symptom burden. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Mar;174(3):399-407. [Medline]
  2. Gierk B, Kohlmann S, Toussaint A, Wahl I, Brünahl CA, Murray AM, Löwe B. Assessing somatic symptom burden: a psychometric comparison of the patient health questionnaire-15 (PHQ-15) and the somatic symptom scale-8 (SSS-8). J Psychosom Res. 2015 Apr;78(4):352-5 [Medline]



Created Aug 18, 2016.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 04:57
 

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