Is There Regional Variation in the SF-36 Scores of Canadian Adults? Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Canadian normative data for the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item short form (SF-36) have recently been published. However, there is evidence from other countries to suggest that regional variation in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) may exist. We therefore examined the SF-36 data from nine Canadian centres for evidence of systematic differences. METHODS: Bayesian hierarchical modelling was used to compare the differences in the eight SF-36 domains and the two summary component scores within each of the age and gender strata across the nine sites. RESULTS: Five domains and the two summary component scores showed little clinically important variation. Other than a small number of exceptions, there was little overall evidence of HRQOL differences across most domains and across most sites. INTERPRETATION: Our finding of only a few small differences suggests that there is no need to develop region-specific Canadian normative data for the SF-36 health survey.

authors

  • Hopman, Wilma M
  • Berger, Claudie
  • Joseph, Lawrence
  • Towheed, Tanveer
  • Anastassiades, Tassos
  • Tenenhouse, Alan
  • Poliquin, Suzette
  • Brown, Jacques P
  • Murray, Timothy M
  • Adachi, Jonathan Derrick
  • Hanley, David A
  • Papadimitropoulos, Emmanuel A
  • Tenenhouse, Alan
  • Poliquin, Suzette
  • Godmaire, Suzanne
  • Joseph, Lawrence
  • Blondeau, Lucie
  • Berger, Claudie
  • Joyce, Carol
  • Parsons, Minnie
  • Rittmaster, Roger S
  • Kirkland, Susan
  • Stanfield, Barbara
  • Brown, Jacques P
  • Migneault-Roy, Nathalie
  • Lejeune, Evelyne
  • Anastassiades, Tassos
  • Hartman, Pamela
  • Matthews, Barbara
  • Kreiger, Nancy
  • Murray, Timothy M
  • Gardner-Bray, Barbara
  • Adachi, Jonathan D
  • Pickard, Laura
  • Olszynski, Wojciech P
  • Krutzen, Pat
  • Kedra, Jola
  • Hanley, David A
  • Allan, Jane
  • Jackson, Stuart
  • Robertson, Loralee
  • Prior, Jerilynn C
  • Lentle, Brian
  • Vigna, Yvette

publication date

  • May 2002