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Qual Life Res. 2013 Sep;22(7):1675-83. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0284-6. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Predicting preference-based SF-6D index scores from the SF-8 health survey.

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Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, 16 Medical Drive, Block MD3, Singapore, 117597, Singapore.



To develop and test functions for predicting the preference-based SF-6D index scores from the SF-8 health survey.


This study was a secondary analysis of data collected in a population health survey in which respondents (n = 7,529) completed both the SF-36 and the SF-8 questionnaires. We examined seven ordinary least-square estimators for their performance in predicting SF-6D scores from the SF-8 at both the individual and the group levels.


In general, all functions performed similarly well in predicting SF-6D scores, and the predictions at the group level were better than predictions at the individual level. At the individual level, 42.5-51.5% of prediction errors were smaller than the minimally important difference (MID) of the SF-6D scores, depending on the function specifications, while almost all prediction errors of the tested functions were smaller than the MID of SF-6D at the group level. At both individual and group levels, the tested functions predicted lower than actual scores at the higher end of the SF-6D scale.


Our study developed functions to generate preference-based SF-6D index scores from the SF-8 health survey, the first of its kind. Further research is needed to evaluate the performance and validity of the prediction functions.

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