Sickness Impact Profile (SIP)


Sickness Impact Profile

Source Article

Bergner M, Bobbitt RA, Kressel S, Pollard WE, Gilson BS, Morris JR. The sickness impact profile: conceptual formulation and methodology for the development of a health status measure. Int J Health Serv. 1976;6(3):393-415.


A 136-item self- or interviewer-administered, behaviorally-based, generic health status questionnaire.

Structure / Content

Everyday activities in 12 categories (sleep and rest, emotional behavior, body care and movement, home management, mobility, social interaction, ambulation, alertness behavior, communication, work, recreation and pastimes, and eating) are measured.  Respondents endorse items that describe themselves and are related to their health.

Scoring Method

The SIP is scored according to the number and type of items endorsed.  Scoring can be done at the level of categories and dimensions as well as at the total SIP level.


Various translations of the SIP are described in the literature, search for the instrument by title. SIP has also been abbreviated by other researchers (68- and 30-item versions), and adapted to suit specific diseases groups/populations such as nursing homes, stroke, pts with Parkinson's

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