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Scand J Public Health. 2011 Jun;39(4):410-8. doi: 10.1177/1403494810395817. Epub 2011 Jan 21.

Health-related quality of life in Chinese people: a population-based survey of five cities in China.

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Department of Health Statistics, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

AIMS:

The current study aimed at undertaking an investigation to describe health-related quality of life (HRQL) in Chinese people, with a Mandarin version of the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) validated.

METHODS:

A total of 3,219 respondents were successfully interviewed under a randomized stratified multi-stage sampling design from April 2007 to January 2008 in five cities of mainland China. Self-finished interview method was applied and the Mandarin version of SF-36 was used for assessing HRQL.

RESULTS:

As a result, the reliability and validity of SF-36 were acceptable, although some deviations from the hypothesized model still existed. The Chinese population scored higher than other populations in five of the eight SF-36 scales and Chinese men scored higher than women in six of the eight SF-36 scales.

CONCLUSIONS:

Basically, the Mandarin version of SF-36 is a reliable instrument, although minor modifications are needed. The health-related quality of life in Chinese people were quite high based on the sample of five cities in China; further research is needed to establish the countrywide norm of health-related quality of life in mainland China.

PMID:
21257646
DOI:
10.1177/1403494810395817
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