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Health-related quality of life (FACT-GP) in Sweden

Journal article
Authors Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge
Anders Carlander
Claudia Fahlke
Roger Olofsson Bagge
Published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Volume 18
Issue 1
ISSN 1477-7525
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Department of Psychology
Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine
Language en
Keywords Health-related quality of life, HRQOL, The functional assessment of, cancer therapy, general population, FACT-GP, Self-rated health, SRH, Normative data, functional assessment, general-population, cancer-therapy, eortc, qlq-c30, normative data, patient, scale, reliability, countries, norms, Health Care Sciences & Services
Subject categories Health Sciences


Background Many studies have used disease-specific instruments, such as the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT), when studying health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients. Few studies however, have described normative HRQOL values in the general population using FACT - General Population (FACT-GP). The general aim of the present study is thus to describe the normative HRQOL values in the general Swedish population by using the FACT-GP instrument and to investigate to what degree sociodemographic factors and status of self-rated health (SRH) correlate with HRQOL. Methods The participants consisted of a pre-stratified (gender, age and education) sample of Swedish citizens that previously had enrolled to be a part of a web panel hosted by a research institute (SOM Institute) at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The HRQOL was assessed by using the FACT-GP and SRH. Results A higher FACT-GP score was mainly associated with males, higher age, higher income and better SRH. The results showed that the Swedish sample scored lower on FACT-GP than previous studies. Conclusions Since HRQOL is frequently used as an important endpoint in healthcare research, there is an increasing need for normative data. The results from this study serve as a general population standard against which other studied HRQOL-data could be evaluated.

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