The profile-based SF-12 has a low respondent burden and is used widely in clinical settings to monitor health and evaluate programs. Deriving preference scores for the SF-12 health profile would permit its use in cost-effectiveness analyses. Previous mapping studies of SF family instruments to preference-based instruments have not examined convergent validity or performance in low-income, minority populations.
To map the SF-12 to the EuroQol (EQ-5D Index) and the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3) in a low-income, predominantly minority sample.
We used a cross-sectional survey data.
We studied a convenience sample of 240 low-income, predominantly Latino and black patients attending a community health center in New York.
We used separate regressions of the EQ-5D Index and HUI3 onto the physical (PCS-12) and mental (MCS-12) components of the SF-12 scores as measures.
For the EQ-5D Index regression, the adjusted variance explained was 58% (bootstrap validation 95% confidence interval [CI], 46–66). For the HUI3 regression, the adjusted variance explained was 51% (bootstrap 95% CI, 39–59). The correlation coefficient between the 2 predicted measures was 0.96. The correlation of the predicted HUI3 with the EQ-5D Index (0.73) and the predicted EQ-5D Index with the HUI3 (0.70) exceeded that between the 2 original preference-based measures themselves (0.69).
These pilot results suggest that the SF-12 could be successfully mapped to both the EQ-5D Index and HUI3, yielding preference-based scores that demonstrate convergent validity in a low-income, minority sample.
From the *Department of Family and Community Medicine, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California, 95817.
From the †Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, The City University of New York Medical School, New York, NY.
From the ‡Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, The City University of New York Medical School, New York, NY.
From the §Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, of California, Davis, Sacramento, California.
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