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Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2009 Aug 28;7:78. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-7-78.

Health-state utilities in a prisoner population: a cross-sectional survey.

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Section of General Internal Medicine, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Canada. caky.chong@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Health-state utilities for prisoners have not been described.

METHODS:

We used data from a 1996 cross-sectional survey of Australian prisoners (n = 734). Respondent-level SF-36 data was transformed into utility scores by both the SF-6D and Nichol's method. Socio-demographic and clinical predictors of SF-6D utility were assessed in univariate analyses and a multivariate general linear model.

RESULTS:

The overall mean SF-6D utility was 0.725 (SD 0.119). When subdivided by various medical conditions, prisoner SF-6D utilities ranged from 0.620 for angina to 0.764 for those with none/mild depressive symptoms. Utilities derived by the Nichol's method were higher than SF-6D scores, often by more than 0.1. In multivariate analysis, significant independent predictors of worse utility included female gender, increasing age, increasing number of comorbidities and more severe depressive symptoms.

CONCLUSION:

The utilities presented may prove useful for future economic and decision models evaluating prison-based health programs.

PMID:
19715571
PMCID:
PMC2741437
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7525-7-78
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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