Table 4

Comparison of SF-36 scores between adolescents with and without allergy-like conditions and between females and males with allergy-like conditions

Allergy-like conditions

No such conditions

Females with allergy-like conditions

Males with allergy-like conditions


N = 931

N = 520

N = 501

N = 412


SF-36 health scales1

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

p-value

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

p-value


Physical dimension

Physical functioning (PF)

91.1

16.4

91.7

19.1

NS

91.1

13.8

91.2

18.8

NS

Role functioning-physical (RP)

75.7

31.3

83.2

27.2

<0.001

73.6

31.5

78.4

30.4

<0.05

Bodily pain (BP)

71.3

23.6

81.2

20.3

<0.001

67.9

24.1

75.3

22.4

<0.001

General health (GH)

69.6

20.5

80.8

16.7

<0.001

66.3

21.1

73.5

19.2

<0.001

Mental dimension

Vitality (VT)

53.0

21.0

62.2

21.0

<0.001

50.2

20.5

56.4

21.2

<0.001

Social functioning (SF)

81.3

21.6

86.9

18.9

<0.001

79.1

22.0

84.1

20.8

<0.001

Role functioning-emotional (RE)

65.4

40.3

75.4

36.8

<0.001

58.2

42.1

73.7

36.3

<0.001

Mental health (MH)

67.3

19.6

74.9

19.1

<0.001

62.7

20.2

72.8

17.4

<0.001


1Summary of contents of SF-36 health scales: Physical dimension: PF = Ability to perform daily physical activities, e. g. walking, running, lifting, and other moderate physical efforts; RP = Extent to which physical health limits work/daily activities; BP = Intensity of pain and its interference with normal activities; GH = Personal evaluation of general health status, presently and in the future.

Mental dimension: VT = Personal evaluation of energy, tiredness, etc; SF = Extent to which physical health or emotional problems interfere with normal social activities; RE = Extent to which emotional problems limit work/daily activities; MH = Personal evaluation of mental health, including anxiety, depression, and general positive and negative affects [27, 28].

Marklund et al. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2004 2:65   doi:10.1186/1477-7525-2-65

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