The Somatic Symptom Scale–8 (SSS-8)

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.