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The SF-12 in Australia: cross-validation of item selection


Sanderson, Kristy and Andrews, G, The SF-12 in Australia: cross-validation of item selection, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 26, (4) pp. 343-345. ISSN 1326-0200 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00182.x


Objective: To cross-validate the selection of the questionnaire items for the SF-12 in an Australian sample. Method: The sample comprised respondents with complete data on the SF-36 summary measures and the 12 items that comprise the SF-12 (n=17,671) from the 1995 Australian National Health Survey. Two sets of mental and physical summary scales were analysed, based on either scoring from Australian normative data or the standard United States normative data scoring. Forward stepwise linear regression analyses of weighted data provided the proportion of variance in the summary scales explained by the SF-12 items. Results: The SF-12 items predicted at least 90% of the variance in both the physical and mental summary scales of the SF-36, whether they were scored with Australian or United States normative data. Implications: The SF-12 is an appropriate substitute for the SF-36 when the summary scales are of interest but a briefer instrument is required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Sanderson, Kristy (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:48616
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:152
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-10-22
Last Modified:2007-10-22

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