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Examining the SF-36 in an older population: analysis of data and presentation of Australian adult reference scores from the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project

Bartsch, Lauren; Butterworth, Peter; Byles, Julie; Mitchell, Paul; Shaw, Jonathan E; Anstey, Kaarin

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Purpose: To examine the psychometric properties of, and present reference scores for the SF-36 using data from a large community sample of older adults. Methods: Data are from the DYNOPTA project. We focus on data from five studies that included the SF-36, providing a sample of 41,338 participants aged 45-97 years. We examine the factor structure of the SF-36 and item-internal consistency. Results: The psychometric properties of the eight scales of the SF-36 were largely consistent with...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBartsch, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorButterworth, Peter
dc.contributor.authorByles, Julie
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Paul
dc.contributor.authorShaw, Jonathan E
dc.contributor.authorAnstey, Kaarin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:26:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0962-9343
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/67659
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To examine the psychometric properties of, and present reference scores for the SF-36 using data from a large community sample of older adults. Methods: Data are from the DYNOPTA project. We focus on data from five studies that included the SF-36, providing a sample of 41,338 participants aged 45-97 years. We examine the factor structure of the SF-36 and item-internal consistency. Results: The psychometric properties of the eight scales of the SF-36 were largely consistent with previous research based on younger and/or smaller samples. However, the assumption of orthogonality between the second-order factors was not supported. In terms of age-related effects, most scales demonstrated a nonlinear effect with markedly poorer health evident for the oldest respondents. In addition, the scales measuring aspects of physical health (PH, BP, RP, GH) showed an overall linear decline in health with increasing age. There were, however, no consistent linear age-related differences in health evident for those scales most strongly associated with mental health (MH, RE, SF, VT). Conclusions: The results confirm the structural validity and internal consistency of the eight scales from the SF-36 with an older population and support its use to assess the health of older Australian adults.
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceQuality of Life Research
dc.subjectKeywords: age distribution; aged; article; Australia; cross-sectional study; factorial analysis; female; geriatric assessment; human; male; methodology; middle aged; psychometry; quality of life; questionnaire; Sickness Impact Profile; standard; validation study; A Aging; Psychometrics; Quality of life; SF-36
dc.titleExamining the SF-36 in an older population: analysis of data and presentation of Australian adult reference scores from the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume20
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor111700 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB1495
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBartsch, Lauren, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationButterworth, Peter, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationByles, Julie, University of Newcastle
local.contributor.affiliationMitchell, Paul, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationShaw, Jonathan E, International Diabetes Institute
local.contributor.affiliationAnstey, Kaarin, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1227
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1236
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s11136-011-9864-0
local.identifier.absseo970117 - Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:14:34Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-80053947010
local.identifier.thomsonID000295136500008
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