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Title: Measuring Health-related Quality of Life in Singapore: Normal Values for the English and Chinese SF-36 Health Survey
Authors: Thumboo, J. 
Chan, S.P.
Machin, D.
Soh, C.H.
Feng, P.H. 
Boey, M.L.
Leong, K.H.
Thio, S.T.
Fong, K.Y. 
Keywords: Asia
Co-morbidity
Ethnic groups
Quality of life
Reference values
Singapore
Issue Date: May-2002
Source: Thumboo, J., Chan, S.P., Machin, D., Soh, C.H., Feng, P.H., Boey, M.L., Leong, K.H., Thio, S.T., Fong, K.Y. (2002-05). Measuring Health-related Quality of Life in Singapore: Normal Values for the English and Chinese SF-36 Health Survey. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 31 (3) : 366-374. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective: To determine norms for assessing Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Singapore using the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36). Materials and Methods: Mean SF-36 scores were calculated for 24 population subgroups (categorised by age, gender, ethnicity and questionnaire language) and for subjects with self-reported co-morbid conditions using data from a community-based survey in Singapore. Results: The English and Chinese SF-36 was completed by 4122 and 1381 subjects, respectively, 58% (n = 3188) of whom had self-reported co-morbid conditions. SF-36 scores varied in subgroups differing in age, gender and ethnicity. In general, subjects with self-reported co-morbid conditions had lower SF-36 scores than those without these conditions, the magnitude of which exceeded 20 points in several instances. A method for calculation of SF-36 scores adjusted for age, gender, ethnicity and questionnaire language is described. Conclusion: We present norms for English and Chinese SF-36 versions in Singapore and describe potential uses for these data in assessing HRQOL in Singapore.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/131209
ISSN: 03044602
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