Surgical Fear Questionnaire (SFQ)


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The Surgical Fear Questionnaire (SFQ) ( in Dutch: vragenlijst ‘Vrees Voor de Operatie’, VVO) is an eight-item questionnaire for the assessment of preoperative surgical fear. It is validated for the use in clinical and outpatient adult surgery patients.  Except for the Dutch and English versions, the SFQ is also translated in Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese, Serbian, and Turkish.  Several other translations are currently in preparation.

For more information or requests for translation and validation in other languages, please contact us.

The SFQ is free of licence for non-commercial purposes. For use in a commercial setting, please contact us: or


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