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The estimation of a preference-based measure of health from the SF-36

Brazier, J.E., Roberts, J. and Deverill, M. (2002) The estimation of a preference-based measure of health from the SF-36. Journal of Health Economics, 21 (2). pp. 271-292. ISSN 0167-6296


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This paper reports on the findings of a study to derive a preference-based measure of health from the SF-36 for use in economic evaluation. The SF-36 was revised into a six-dimensional health state classification called the SF-6D. A sample of 249 states defined by the SF-6D have been valued by a representative sample of 611 members of the UK general population, using standard gamble. Models are estimated for predicting health state valuations for all 18,000 states defined by the SF-6D. The econometric modelling had to cope with the hierarchical nature of the data and its skewed distribution. The recommended models have produced significant coefficients for levels of the SF-6D, which are robust across model specification. However, there are concerns with some inconsistent estimates and over prediction of the value of the poorest health states. These problems must be weighed against the rich descriptive ability of the SF-6D, and the potential application of these models to existing and future SF-36 data set.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. This is an author produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Health Economics.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Economics and Decision Science
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 20 May 2005
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 14:04
Published Version: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01676...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0167-6296(01)00130-8
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/474

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