Quality of life in a sample of Brazilian adults using the generic SF-12 questionnaire

Quality of life in a sample of Brazilian adults using the generic SF-12 questionnaire

Alternative title Qualidade de vida em uma amostra de adultos brasileiros utilizando o questionário genérico SF-12
Author Campolina, Alessandro Goncalves Google Scholar
Lopez, Rossana Veronica Mendoza Google Scholar
Nardi, Elene Paltrinieri Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferraz, Marcos Bosi Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Objective: This study describes the summary scores of the Short Form-12 (SF-12) questionnaire, according to socio-demographic factors obtained in a probabilistic and representative sample of the Brazilian urban population. Method: Five thousand (5,000) individuals, over the age of 15, were assessed in 16 capital cities, in the five regions of the country. The selection of households was random. Face-to-face approach was applied in the household interviews. The SF-12 questionnaire was used to assess quality of life. Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics were also evaluated: gender, age, marital status, skin color, region of the country and use of the public health service. Results: The mean value (SD) of the SF-12 for the entire population was 49.3 (8.7) for the physical component (PCS-12) and 52.7 (9.7) for the mental component (MCS-12). Statistical differences were found for gender (PCS-12 and MCS-12), age (PCS-12) and working status (PCS-12 and MCS-12). Women, elderly, widowed and unemployed individuals, those with lower income and with complaints in the last seven days showed lower mean values (PCS-12 and MCS-12). Conclusion: From this point forward, we can provide the basis for comparisons with future research that use the SF-12 for quality of life assessment in Brazil. The Brazilian population has a lower degree of quality of life related do the physical component, and the SF-12 is a useful and discriminative instrument for assessing quality of life in different socio-demographic groups.
Keywords Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires
Health Surveys
Socioeconomic Factors
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Sao Paulo
Language English
Date 2018
Published in Revista Da Associacao Medica Brasileira. Sao Paulo, v. 64, n. 3, p. 234-242, 2018.
ISSN 0104-4230 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Assoc Medica Brasileira
Extent 234-242
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-9282.64.03.234
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000429488900009
SciELO ID S0104-42302018000300234 (statistics in SciELO)
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/55876

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