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Quality of life in an urban Asian population: the impact of ethnicity and socio-economic status

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  • Thumboo, Julian
  • Fong, Kok-Yong
  • Machin, David
  • Chan, Siew-Pang
  • Soh, Chang-Heok
  • Leong, Keng-Hong
  • Feng, Pao-Hsii
  • Thio, Szu-tien
  • Boey, Mee-Leng

Abstract

The relationships between ethnicity, socio-economic status (SES) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) have not been well characterised in most Asian populations. We therefore studied the influence of ethnicity and SES on HRQoL in a multi-ethnic urban Asian population, adjusting for the influence of other known determinants of HRQoL. In a disproportionately stratified, cross-sectional, population-based survey, Chinese, Malay and Indian subjects in Singapore completed the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) HRQoL measure and were assessed to determine demographic, socio-economic, psychosocial and other characteristics. Multiple linear regression models were used to study the influence of ethnicity and SES on SF-36 scores while adjusting for the influence of other determinants of HRQoL. The survey participation rate was 92.8%. Ethnic differences in HRQoL were present for all 8 SF-36 scales (p

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  • Thumboo, Julian & Fong, Kok-Yong & Machin, David & Chan, Siew-Pang & Soh, Chang-Heok & Leong, Keng-Hong & Feng, Pao-Hsii & Thio, Szu-tien & Boey, Mee-Leng, 2003. "Quality of life in an urban Asian population: the impact of ethnicity and socio-economic status," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 56(8), pages 1761-1772, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:56:y:2003:i:8:p:1761-1772
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    1. Mojgan Mirghafourvand & Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh Charandabi & Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi & Nikta Tavananezhad & Mahsa Karkhane, 2016. "Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Iranian Women of Reproductive Age," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(3), pages 723-737, September.

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