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dc.contributor.authorFerreira, Lara Noronha-
dc.contributor.authorFerreira, Pedro Lopes-
dc.contributor.authorPereira, Luís Nobre-
dc.contributor.authorBrazier, John-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Medical Economics 11 (2008) 215–233en_US
dc.description.abstractObjectives : This study describes the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of the Portuguese working age population and investigates sociodemographic differences. Methods : Subjects randomly selected from the working age population ( n =2,459) were assessed using the SF-36v2 and converted into the preference-based SF-6D. Results : The mean SF-6D utility value was 0.70 (range 0.63–0.73). The mean utility value was lower for the lower educational level than for the highest. Women, people living in rural areas and older adults reported lower levels of utility values. Non-parametric tests showed that health utility values were signifi cantly related to employment; unskilled manual workers reported utility values lower than non-manual workers. For different diseases, mean utility values ranged from 0.58 (sexual diseases) to 0.66 (hepatic conditions). Cluster analysis was adopted to classify individuals into three groups according to their answers to the SF-6D dimensions. Multinomial logit regression was used to detect sociodemographic characteristics affecting the probability of following each cluster pattern. This study yielded normative data by age and gender for the SF-6D. Conclusions: The authors conclude that SF-6D is an effective tool for measuring HRQOL in the community so that different population groups can be compared. The preference-based measure used seems to discriminate adequately across sociodemographic differences. These results allow a better understanding of the impact of sociodemographic variables on the burden of illness perception.en_US
dc.publisherJournal of Medical Economicsen_US
dc.subjectNormative dataen_US
dc.subjectHealth-related quality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectHealth valuesen_US
dc.subjectWorking age adultsen_US
dc.titleAn application of the SF-6D to create heath values in Portuguese working age adultsen_US
item.fulltextCom Texto completo- de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física, Universidade de Coimbra- for Health Studies and Research of the University of Coimbra-
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