Journal article

Validating the Short Form-12 and the development of disease-specific norms in a cohort of Australian private health insurance members

Michael R Le Grande, Graeme Tucker, Stephen Bunker, Alun C Jackson

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019

Abstract

Despite the large number of Australians with private health insurance (PHI), normative quality-of-life data are not available for this population. The Short Form (SF)-12 has been used to characterise the health-related quality of life of Australians in the general population, but there is debate concerning the appropriate algorithm that should be used to calculate its physical and mental component summary scores. The standard (orthogonal method) approach assumes that the mental and physical components are unrelated, whereas an alternate approach (the correlated method) assumes that the two components are related. A consecutive sample of 24957 PHI members with four major initial disease condi..

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