Australian health-related quality of life population norms derived from the SF-6D

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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2013, 37 (1), pp. 17 - 23
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Objective: To investigate population health-related quality of life norms in an Australian general sample by age, gender, BMI, education and socioeconomic status. Method: The SF-36 was included in the 2009/10 wave of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey (n=17,630 individuals across 7,234 households), and converted into SF-6D utility scores. Trends across the various population subgroups were investigated employing population weights to ensure a balanced panel, and were all sub-stratified by gender. Results: SF-6D scores decline with age beyond 40 years, with decreasing education and by higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage. Scores were also lower at very low and very high BMI levels. Males reported higher SF-6D scores than females across most analyses. Conclusions: This study reports Australian population utility data measured using the SF-6D, based on a national representative sample. These results can be used in a range of policy settings such as cost-utility analysis or exploration of health-related inequality. In general, the patterns are similar to those reported using other multi-Attribute utility instruments and in different countries. © 2013 The Authors.
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