Chilean population norms derived from the health-related quality of Life SF-6D
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The Health-Related Quality of Life Short Form 6D (HRQoL SF-6D) provides utility values for health status. Utilities generated have a number of potentially valuable applications in economic evaluations and not only to ensure comparability between studies. Reference values can be useful to estimate the effect on patients’ HRQoL as a result of interventions in the absence of control groups. Thus, the purpose of this study was to provide normative values in the SF-6D in relation to the Chilean population.
A cross-sectional study was conducted evaluating 5293 people. SF-6D utilities were derived from the SF-12 questions.
Mean SF-6D utility index for the whole sample was 0.74. It was better for men (0.78) than for women (0.71). The ceiling effect was much higher for men (11.16%) than for women (5.31%). Women were more likely to show problems in any dimension than were men.
Chilean population norms for the SF-6D help in the decision-making process around health policies. Men reported higher health status than women in all subcategories analyzed. Likewise, men also reported higher scores than women in overall SF-6D dimensions.
KeywordsReference values HRQoL Utility Health
JEL ClassificationI: I1 I10
The author DCM is supported by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (FPU14/01,283). He was previously supported by a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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