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Table 5 Comparison of scale scores between persons with and without selected health conditionsa

From: Thai SF-36 health survey: tests of data quality, scaling assumptions, reliability and validity in healthy men and women

  % PF RP BP GH VT SF RE MH
Depression 1
No 96 77.5 (17.4) 82.2 (28.5) # 74.9 (18.2) 65.2 (17.4) $ 61.8 (13.5) # 78.3 (18.5) # 80.2 (31.8) $ 65.5 (13.0) $
Yes 4 71.7 (14.8) 65.1 (37.5) 70.0 (19.1) 48.6 (22.0) 53.7 (13.2) 66.7 (17.8) 52.6 (41.6) 56.4 (12.7)
Arthritis 1
No 95 77.7 (16.9) * 82.9 (28.4) $ 75.3 (18.1) # 65.0 (17.8) 61.6 (13.6) 77.9 (18.6) 79.3 (32.5) 65.3 (12.9)
Yes 5 71.1 (22.8) 61.5 (31.9) 65.8 (18.1) 58.6 (17.4) 59.1 (12.7) 77.3 (18.8) 78.7 (33.0) 61.9 (15.9)
Impaired vision not correctable by glasses/contact lens 2
No 90 78.0 (16.9) 84.1 (27.5) * 76.0 (18.3) 66.8 (17.4) # 62.7 (13.4) # 79.4 (18.2) * 81.8 (31.0) 66.5 (13.1) #
Yes 10 75.1 (18.2) 76.5 (33.3) 74.0 (16.9) 60.4 (17.2) 58.0 (14.4) 74.7 (19.9) 74.3 (35.9) 62.0 (13.2)
Problems caused by teeth or dentures 3
No 71 79.0 (16.8) # 84.2 (27.4) 77.3 (18.1) $ 67.8 (17.7) $ 62.9 (13.6) * 79.5 (18.7) 82.6 (31.1) * 66.9 (13.2) #
Yes 29 75.4 (16.6) 81.0 (30.3) 71.6 (18.2) 62.3 (17.6) 60.4 (13.6) 77.1 (18.4) 77.0 (31.6) 63.7 (13.2)
  1. aCells show mean (standard deviation). Symbols beside figures indicate statistical significance of the comparison: * = p < 0.01; # = p < 0.001; $ = p < 0.0001
  2. 1Based on self-report to the question "Ever been told by a doctor that you have this condition"
  3. 2Answer to the question "Do you currently have any sight problems not correctable by glasses/contact lenses (eg cataract)"
  4. 3In response to the question "Do your teeth currently cause you...", ticking "yes" to any of the conditions "discomfort speaking", "discomfort swallowing", "discomfort chewing" or "pain".