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The Relationship between Health-state Utilities and the SF-12 in a General Population

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  • Lena Lundberg
  • Magnus Johannesson
  • Dag G.L. Isacson
  • Lars Borgquist

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It would be a major advance if quality-of-life instruments could be translated into health- state utilities. The aim with this study was to investigate the relationship between the SF-12 and health-state utilities, based on responses to a postal questionnaire sent to a random sample of 8,000 inhabitants, aged 20-84 years, in the general population. The questionnaire included the SF-12, a rating-scale (RS) question, and a time-tradeoff (TTO) question; the response rate was 68%. Age, gender, and the 12 items of the SF- 12 were used as explanatory variables in a linear regression analysis of the health- state utilities. The regression models explained about 50% of the variance in the RS answers and about 25% of the variance in the TTO answers. Most of the SF-12 items were related to the health-state utilities in the expected ways, with especially strong results for the RS method. The results suggest that the SF-12 can be converted to health-state utilities, but that further work is needed to reliably estimate the conversion function. Key words: health status; SF-12; rating scale; time-tradeoff; health-related quality of life; health-state utilities; population study. (Med Decis Making 1999;19:128- 140)

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  • Lena Lundberg & Magnus Johannesson & Dag G.L. Isacson & Lars Borgquist, 1999. "The Relationship between Health-state Utilities and the SF-12 in a General Population," Medical Decision Making, , vol. 19(2), pages 128-140, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:medema:v:19:y:1999:i:2:p:128-140
    DOI: 10.1177/0272989X9901900203
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